Bucks graduates first class of Microsoft Office Specialists

The 11 students, who took advantage of free training, are now certified Microsoft Office Technology & Customer Service Specialists

Instructors from Bucks County Community College’s Center for Workforce Development recently honored students who were the first class to complete the free Microsoft Office Technology & Customer Service Specialist certificate program. Pictured are (back row, L-R): instructor Suzanne Vass-Tessier; students Michael Hinterlong, Danema Brown, Dave Weir, and Elizabeth Mojica; and instructors Josephine Lackey and Lisè Schwartz; (middle row, L-R): students Beverly Young, Dorothy Poate, and Glen Martin; and (seated, L-R) students Shannon Walsh, Chasity Matthews, and MeriBeth Ghost. Source: Bucks County Community College

Bucks County recently recognized 11 students who completed the inaugural training program for the new Microsoft Office Technology & Customer Service Specialist certificate.

The students were honored Thursday, July 18, at the Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol. Susan Herring, the executive director of the college’s Center for Workforce Development, made congratulatory comments and presented the students with completion certificates.

The seven-week intensive training, which helped students gain skills needed for entry-level jobs in administrative and customer service industries, was open to job seekers looking to increase their marketable skills. The free course was developed by the college in partnership with PA CareerLink for qualified job seekers. The college will be working with graduates to find new employment.

The training was partially funded by a $1.7 million federal grant awarded to the Bucks County Workforce Development Board to help close the skills gap that keeps many dislocated workers from finding jobs.

A new class is now forming for the fall, with training taking place at the college’s Bristol campus. To learn more, visit bucks.edu/businesscareer/microsofttech or contact Julie Rita-Di Pietro at Julie.rita-dipietro@bucks.edu.