Kalama’s MOS Wall of Fame
More than 370 MOS certifications have been earned at Kalama High School in Kalama, Wash. this year. Kalama’s technology teacher, Kathy Schmit, found a way to push her students even further. With too many individual exam certificates to hang on the walls of her classroom, she created a Wall of Fame motivating students to compete against each other in hopes of ranking higher in their personal certifications. “It is a joy to see, and the Wall of Fame helps perpetuate their certification goals!” Schmit says.
Kalama Student is MOS Certification Master
One seventh grade student, Addison Smee, was especially motivated by the Wall of Fame. Smee made it a goal to have his name under every MOS certification possible. According to Schmit, “He is amazing, with only Access left to pass before he will have all MOS certifications under his belt.”
MOS Certification Pays Off with Employment
Schmit credits a large part of Kalama’s certification success to its supportive administration, “who shares the belief that certification is a required high school skill, and pushes all 9th grade students through [Schmit’s] doors.”
Two of Schmit’s previous students, Ashley Masters (10th grade) and Emily Lozier (11th grade), competed in the 2015 MOS U.S. National Championship, and both received jobs as a result of their certifications.
Lozier is working for the Port of Kalama after school every day, and has been assisting the secretaries there with her advanced Microsoft Word and Excel knowledge.
Masters is currently working for Kalama Elementary teachers; creating anything and everything they need with her valued certification skills.
Looks like these students have already begun to see a positive return on obtaining their MOS certifications. Way to go, Kalama High!