Marshalltown High School freshman Jose Antonio Orozco Beltre often wears a T-shirt with the word “Determined” on it. That’s his approach to much of his school work.
It was also his approach as he became the first MHS master in the Microsoft Imagine Academy in certification with Microsoft Office programs. To become a master, students must pass tests on Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint as well as two other Word Expert tests.
“He just kept at it,” said MHS business teacher Ann Heying. “He was just determined and had a goal to be our first master at MHS.”
Jose said “it feels really good” to achieve this type of certification.
This is the third year of the Microsoft Imagine Academy at MHS (formerly IT Academy). It is funded through a grant from the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
A total of 88 students have earned the Microsoft Office specialist distinction this school year at MHS, passing a test on Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The Microsoft certification is offered in the Tech Apps II class at MHS.