Mid-Plains Community College student Carrie Boltz has been named a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Master.
She is the first from MPCC to achieve the certification and, statewide, is the only person at the postsecondary level to receive the recognition for the 2015-16 school year. Nebraska has only had five college students total named MOS Masters, and Boltz is one of them.
"I'm very proud of her," said Jean Condon, MPCC business and technology instructor. "It is quite an accomplishment."
Boltz is from North Platte. She is currently studying Business Office Technology and has plans to graduate in May of 2017.
The certification will give her a leg up on the competition when applying for jobs because it's an industry standard recognized worldwide. MOS Masters demonstrate the highest level of skills needed to proficiently use Microsoft Office programs.
MPCC is able to offer the testing to become a MOS Master thanks to the Nebraska Microsoft Information Technology Initiative, which went into effect during the 2014-15 school year.
The initiative allows students to earn certificates in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at the specialist and expert levels. Boltz began her journey to certification by passing a total of five Microsoft exams-two more than she was required to take in the classroom.
"We provided the opportunity for her to take more, and she just ran with it," said Condon. "I think that says a lot about her character - that she has drive and determination. It also shows that she will have what it takes to transfer her skills from college to the workplace."
Boltz said she decided to pursue the certification because she likes challenges.
"I just wanted to see if I could do it," said Boltz. "Now that I have succeeded - it's a great feeling."