The University, through the CHED-IDIG project and the initiative of the Dean of the College of Information Technology (CIT), has once again paved the way for another worthwhile endeavor, to wit the Microsoft Certifications for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).

A boot camp was held at the CIT Faculty Office on September 20, 2018, a day prior to the examinations. Mr. Jonathan S. Samar, the resource person and official facilitator of the Microsoft Certification, gave a backgrounder on their company’s services and shared critical details about the examination, before giving the participants practice tests. He also shared some practical advice for MOS aspirants on which Microsoft Office version to take.

The examinees were faculty members mainly from the CIT (Main and San Jorge Campuses) and the College of Engineering and Technology (CET), joined by some personnel from the Management of Information Services (MIS). Mr. Samar made it clear that the journey towards becoming certified doesn’t happen overnight. The preparation needed for it is one’s accumulated learning over the years as well as constant practice.


Among the 19 examinees, 11 emerged successful – all of whom are from the CIT, namely:

  • Ronald A. Amoguez and Mr. Ervin L. Rodriguez – MTA for Intro. to Programming using HTML and CSS;
  • Riz Rupert L. Ortiz and Mr. Zaldee Niño D. Tan – MTA for Intro. to Programming using Java;
  • Harris C. Tarrayo – MTA for Intro. to Programming using Python;
  • Rialyn V. Baguio, Mr. Martin C. Balza, Ms. Cristy S. Carpon, Mr. Salvador L. Flores, Jr., Mr.

Joselito B. Tangaran, and Mr. Rodel R. Ventures – MOS for Microsoft Word.

With this milestone, the University has become a Certiport Authorized Testing Center, which means it can now offer Certiport exams like the ones taken by its faculty. Through the stewardship of the CIT, this success could spill over to the other Colleges of the University and to the students, specifically. Interested parties and individuals (professionals or students) from across the region may also come to NwSSU to get their own Microsoft Certification.

| Harris Tarrayo/CIT/PREA

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