Thursday, July 12th, 2012
BRISBANE — IC Central today named Toowoomba Christian College student Kathryn Hitchener as regional winner and National Champion in the Australian round of the 2012 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office. Kathryn, a Year 12 student, has won the opportunity to represent Australia at the Worldwide Championship on Microsoft Office to be held at the prestigious Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada later this month when national champions from an expected 70 countries will compete for the coveted title of Microsoft Office World Champion.

“I knew that being Microsoft Office Certified would help me in my future studies and getting a job” said Kathryn “but I never thought I would have the chance to represent Australia at the Worldwide Competition Finals.” Kathryn had perfect or near perfect scores in the applications she entered and completed the tasks in substantially less time than that allowed. She will compete in the Microsoft Excel 2010 category.

“Making these internationally recognised certifications available to our students is incredibly important. We are thrilled for Kathryn.” said Alison James, Computer Specialist Teacher at Toowoomba Christian College, “Many students are often very confident but not necessarily competent when it comes to using technology. We offer these certifications to prove that our students are both confident and competent.”

Now in its 11th year, the annual Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office is open to academic institutions offering students the opportunity to study for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications in key applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Certification demonstrates a globally benchmarked standard of digital proficiency in Microsoft Office applications providing prospective employers with clear evidence of digital capability.

This year the competition attracted more than 550,000 entries from students in over 70 countries. “We congratulate Kathryn, Toowoomba Christian College and all students who entered” said Richard Gordon, Managing Director at IC Central, “Each year the competition gets tougher as more administrators, teachers, parents and students realise the value of obtaining globally recognised qualifications. The Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment have already committed to make participation in the 2013 Worldwide Competition available to students at more than 280 Queensland high schools and other states are expected to follow.”

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Kathryn Hitchener, Year 12 student from Toowoomba excels in national championship with a perfect score and fastest time to win the Australian round of the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office.



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