Southern Miss College of Business now a Certiport Authorized Testing Center
By Erica Davis| February 26, 2015 at 5:50 PM CST - Updated July 21 at 2:37 PM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi now serves as a Certiport Authorized Testing Center where students, faculty, and members of the community can earn professional certification in business software. Certiport offers certification in software programs such as Microsoft Office, MTA, IC3, Adobe, and QuickBooks.
Certiport is the world leader in performance-based certification exams and practice test solutions for academic institutions and workforce markets. There are more than 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers world-wide, but only four in the state of Mississippi. Before USM gained certification, the nearest Testing Center in the region was Jackson, MS.
Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business, launched this initiative in 2014. “This is part of our commitment to supporting the Pine Belt community and working to improve our knowledge of business concepts and applications,” she said.
Gilbert also noted that Patrick Browning, Database and Assessment Coordinator for the College of Business, was instrumental in completing this project. Browning oversees the Joseph Green Hall digital testing lab, which seats up to forty-two test takers. The testing lab in Scianna will accommodate over 70 test takers.
For students in the College of Business, the Excel certification provides an important distinction on their resumes. According to Dr. Beth LaFleur, Associate Dean and MBA Director this certification is especially important to MBA students.
“Analytical abilities are critical in the business world, and Excel is one of the most commonly used analytical tools,” she said. “This certification assures employers that our Excel certified students enter the workforce with this important skill set.”
The College of Business also purchased an unlimited license for GMetrix, Certiport's training software for the Excel exam. This product is available for free to College of Business students, faculty, staff, and alumni. To date, 72 students have completed the Excel certification.