Sophomore Melissa Clark recently finished the school year with three Microsoft Office Specialist certifications. She said her skills and credentials are preparing her for life beyond high school.

“I now have the skills to organize data and create compelling PowerPoint presentations so I can be successful in college, and can have a job in the technology-friendly world of medicine,” Clark said.

Dr. Looker believes the ultimate benefit of certification lies in distinguishing Westlake graduates from their peers. “Students who receive certification are leaving school with a valuable skill set that will help them gain employment and prepare them to use the technology that is required in their postsecondary education. Mastering these skills gives them an advantage over non-certified individuals.”