Eighteen Drew Central High School students recently received Microsoft certifications in digital literacy through the Microsoft IT Academy program.

The Arkansas Department of Education teamed up with Arkansas Career Eudcation to provide every school in Arkansas the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications through the Microsoft IT Academy program. The program, in addition to meeting state curriculum standards, provides software and technology skills needed in everyday life, whether it is basic computer skills or advanced techmical skills.

Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification validates mastery in Microsoft Office skills that are valuable in demonstrating productivity in a wide range of careers and other life pursuits. Earning the certification proves the ability to use Microsoft Office applications for on-the-job duties and provides valuable distinction to help students enter higher education or the workforce.

At Drew Central, Nelwyn Birch implemented the IT program in her technology classes. Eighteen of her students recently earned the digital literacy certification. Those students are Zach Cater, Matthew Smith, Hailey Deal, Max McKeown, Tiarra Nelms, Chance Winchester, LaJada Coakley, Kristie Pamplin, A’Dejah Williams, Kailee McKay, Kendall Wells, Claudia Morrison, Mary Katelyn Otwell, Brooklynn Santucci, Jayme Ratliff, Sierra Everett, Carolina Mondragon and Loida Garcia.

Drew Central

Back Row: Zach Cater, Matthew Smith, Hailey Deal, Max McKeown, and Tiarra Nelms. Middle Row: Chance Winchester, LaJada Coakley, Kristie Pamplin, A’Dejah Williams, Kailee McKay and Kendall Wells. Front Row: Claudia Morrison and Mary Katelyn Otwell. Not Pictured: Brooklynn Santucci, Jayme Ratliff, Sierra Everett. Front Row: Carolina Mondragon and Loida Garcia.