PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Greene County Tech High School is preparing students with a certification most employees have not even received yet.
Debbie Kiestler started teaching the computer business application class, which now allows students to become certified in Microsoft Office programs.
The certifications prove the students have passed tests that show they are proficient in the program.
Some employers are now implementing these tests in the workplace.
"Some employers are providing this test for their employees or maybe even requiring it and it costs $175 for them to provide and our students are not charged a dime," Kiestler said.
Kiestler said she believes GCT is the only school in Greene County to offer this program.
She said it is important for kids to be proficient in the programs people use every day.
"That puts you a step above or leg up on any competition for an interview or job and it looks good on college applications," Kiestler said.
She said the students at first did not like the test.
"At first I guess they kind of fought it because it is a rigorous step, it is not something you can just sit down, take it and pass," Kiestler said.
Now the students realize the certifications can help them in the future.
"I feel like it is going to help us out in getting a job and for college," student Jesse Grooms said.
Most students have passed the Microsoft Word and PowerPoint tests, now they are working on Excel.
One student is even second in the state with her Word test score.
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