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BTT Program Earns Distinguished Recognition

March 21, 2013

BTT program at MET Center  
Instructor Tracy McMurtry assists Brienne Holmes with classroom work in the Business Technology Training program offered at the Metropolitan Education and Training Center. The program earned distinguished recognition from Certiport for exemplary pass rates in Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Word, Excel  and Access.

St. Louis Community College's Business Technology Training (BTT) program at the Metropolitan Education and Training Center has earned the distinguished recognition from Certiport for exemplary pass rates in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification in Word, Excel and Access.

Although Microsoft does not release specific national pass rate data, Certiport noted that the MET Center testing site reported a past rate exceeding 80 percent, significantly surpasses national pass rates, which are close to 65 percent.

The BTT program is an accelerated, 11-week training program designed to prepare adult students for the competitive technical and administrative roles needed in an ever-changing global workforce. Not only does the BTT certification process provide advanced performance tools that develop and assess trainees’ individual competencies using Microsoft Office applications, but it also offers opportunities for participants to demonstrate their abilities to integrate and quickly complete complex job tasks across multiple programs.

BTT’s administrative modules are designed around IT professional development. Today’s IT professionals face growing challenges in the marketplace as employer and customer demands for exceptional technical skills blended with effective business soft skills increases. The BTT program responds to these needs by immersing trainees in business developmental courses that help hone, reinforce and demonstrate essential skills in communication, strategic planning, management, analysis and leadership that introduce and prepare participants for careers in IT.

Those who see the BTT training and certification process attribute much of the trainees’ success to their discipline and focus, combined with the guidance of an experienced training team available to help students work through the fast paced courses.

A representative of Certiport said: “It is very rare that [we] see a school with such a good pass rate. [Everyone] involved with the program should be commended.”

Microsoft makes it tough to pass these exams; therefore, certification has significant value for those who are successful. Both employers and graduates alike experience the value that well-prepared, certified administrative IT professionals can offer.