The 2020-2021 school year, while challenging, provided the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) the opportunity to apply new strategies to train and equip students with skills for the jobs of tomorrow. Along with sister Cristo Rey schools, the CWSP joined a nationwide initiative to teach students the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel and to earn the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification.
In this course, students learned foundational skills and practices for effective data management in Excel. Since Excel is used extensively in the business sector, this knowledge will help set these students up for success in their college and career undertakings and future CWSP placements. Over the course of the year, students went from learning basic navigation to applying advanced functions, formulas, charts, and graphs to manage and analyze data efficiently and effectively.
After much preparation, students took the official Microsoft Excel Certification exam in the spring, and we are happy to announce that 200 students are now certified Microsoft Office Specials for Excel! That’s over 75% of all students who participated in the class and over a third of the entire school! We want to congratulate all students who participated, especially those who were certified. The entire Cristo Rey community is so proud of their accomplishments and hard work throughout the year.