Colby Community College student Lazrua Osayande passed the Word 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam with the highest score in Kansas during the fall semester. Osayande, a sophomore from Topeka who is a member of the baseball and wrestling teams, is now qualified for the 2020 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship next summer in Dallas, Texas.

MOS certification validates mastery of Microsoft Office skills that are beneficial in a wide range of jobs and other life pursuits.

"We feel we are on the cutting edge by teaching and testing for national certification exams in Microsoft Office 2019," said CCC business and computer instructor Crystal Pounds.

In addition to Osayande, 18 other CCC students gained Word 2019 certification:

Jayden Braun, Russell; Britney Brosius, Ashby, Neb.; Joshua Edwards, London, England; Skylar Eidson, Sterling; Jennasi Fall, Nunn, Colo.; John Hamer, Fort Morgan, Colo.; Sean Jackson, Kearney, Neb.; Kehlsie Juhnke, Idalia, Colo.; Blake Labuda, Broomfield, Colo.; Madison Lange, Clearwater; Bethany Lindskog, Colby; Javion May, Chicago, Ill.; Megan Miller, Oskaloosa; Olivia Navarro, Barcelona, Spain; Phillip Sidebottom, Wichita; Emily Smith, Goodland; Tyler Steedley, Wauchula, Fla.; and Abigail Wetter, Colby.

Since becoming a Microsoft Imagine Academy testing site in 2015, CCC provides training on fundamental technology skills for students, staff and community members interested in enhancing performance in a certain area or pursuing a career in IT.

Other certification options through Colby Community College include Access 2019, Outlook 2019, SharePoint 2019, OneNote 2019, Word 2019 Expert Part 1, Word 2019 Expert Part 2, Excel 2019 Expert Part 1 and Excel 2019 Expert Part 2.

For more information, contact Pounds at (785) 460-5524.