School of Business Students Earn Microsoft Excel Core Certification

Congratulations to Danielle Puleo ’14, Jason Manrow ’15, and Tim Shoecraft ’14, on earning Microsoft Excel Core Certification.

According to Microsoft, a Microsoft Certification validates your expertise in a Microsoft technology. As a Microsoft Certified Professional, you’ll have access to community resources and tools that allow you to exchange ideas with peers, increase your knowledge and skills, and broaden your career opportunities.

Danielle, a Business Administration major, said, “I am very happy that my knowledge of Excel has allowed me to earn the Microsoft Excel Core Certification. The experience I gained from Business Systems and Technology and training done on my own allowed me to earn this certification, which is a great item to put on my resume to distinguish myself from others in the job market. The time and effort put into earning this certification definitely paid off, and I hope other IC students will strive to reach the same goal.”

“We’re very proud of Danielle, Jason and Tim, on this accomplishment.  A certification like this stands out on a resume and will surely help in their job search.  The School of Business thanks Professor Bill Tastle for offering this certification exam to his students.” said Dean Mary Ellen Zuckerman.

Business Administration major, Tim Shoecraft, said, “I am grateful that the business school provided me with the skills to succeed and allow me to claim that I am certified in one of the most valuable and used programs in the business environment.”

In our continuing efforts to bring technological expertise to our business students, the School of Business has recently begun a pilot project to further develop Excel skills by offering the Microsoft Excel Core Certification exam. 

“This experience gave us some needed knowledge into the content of the exam and how to develop a means by which our students can properly and adequately prepare for it.  While students do learn Excel skills in Business Systems and Technology course, these particular intermediate to advanced skills are well beyond those required for the certification exam.  Eventually we would like to have all students entering the BST course to have the Excel Core certification, and offer our upper level students the opportunity to take the Excel Expert exam at the conclusion of the Advanced Spreadsheets course.” said Professor Tastle.

The Microsoft Certification exams not only help one to appeal to employers, but it also gives one the critical skills needed to work one’s way around Office programs efficiently.  These certifications are overlooked by many institutions and will help Ithaca College students to further set themselves apart from the competition.


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