Contributed Photo: Pima High School students display their Microsoft Office Specialists and Adobe Certified Associates certificates.
PIMA – The Arizona Career and Technical Education (CTE) mission is “To prepare Arizona students for workforce success and continuous learning.” To support this mission, Pima High School has offered industry-recognized certifications to its CTE students for the past 18 months.
Between December 2016 and May 2018, 32 Pima High School students in the Business Operations and Graphic Design programs have certified as Microsoft Office Specialists in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe Certified Associates in Adobe Illustrator. Five students are certified in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; six students have single certifications – three in Illustrator, two in Powerpoint, and one in Word.
According to Pima Business Operations teacher Laurie Moody and Graphic Design teacher Daneece Cluff, achieving these certifications is not the focus of their CTE programs but an outcome of learning to use the programs to complete the tasks necessary to be successful not only in their project-based classes but in their everyday lives.