ACT and Certiport Partner to Promote Digital Literacy
ACT, which provides college entrance exams and other high-stakes testing, has teamed with Certiport, which provides the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, to increase the computer literacy of the workforce. Under the partnership agreement, ACT and Certiport will share computer-based certification and skill assessment services at their network of testing centers by November 2003. This will make the testing more accessible for employers, instructors, students and other individuals looking to grow their computer knowledge.
For some, basic computer literacy certifications are a first step toward a career in information technology, and for others, they build the sound foundation in computer skills needed to succeed in an increasingly computer-dependent workforce. By November 2003, ACT will offer Certiport’s Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) as well as the MOS designations through its network of more than 200 ACT Centers. IC3, a basic computer literacy certification widely recognized as a “gateway” computer certification, complements ACT’s WorkKeys skill assessment, which measures foundational workplace skills. Certiport will offer WorkKeys through its Certiport Centers by November 2003.
This partnership will allow individuals to demonstrate and strengthen their computer skills through testing and through training courses available through both ACT Centers and Certiport Centers.
Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at email@example.com.