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Gain the Competitive Edge with Certification

Curious about getting certified? Come to our presentation, bring your questions, and meet those who run the exams, and those who have taken and passed the exams. Learn what you need to do to prepare and how to stay focused. Learn what to expect.

What could Microsoft Certification do for you? No matter what your field of study or line of work, you may use Microsoft Office for productivity. Get noticed and have your skills validated with Microsoft Certification.  

Gain the competitive edge at school and in your job with certification. Hiring managers rate certifications as having high value in validating the skills and expertise of job candidates. Candidates benefit from the preparation learning productivity features not previously known. Exams test the full range of capabilities. 

Meet our certification panel which includes Zijie Zhu (Johnny),  Marey MacDonnelle,  Wendy Ly, and Bassam Abun-Nadi.

Zijie Zhu (Johnny) is the current Microsoft Excel Champion, a completion he entered out of curiosity.  He learned the program at the age of 11 when his mother was taking a basic Microsoft Excel course. Johnny is currently a student at University Hill Secondary School, and has never received any formal training in Excel.

Marey MacDonnelle has an extensive background in graphic and document production from working in the publishing field − beginning with educational textbooks, then distance education course material and finally mass-market book publishing for Raincoast Books. She has worked in a number of capacities: Production Coordinator, Assistant Art Director, Page Make Up Technician and Graphic Designer. Marey works with both high-end Creative Suite page layout and graphic software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe Acrobat) and standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher). Marey currently works as a Desktop Publisher for RLG International, a worldwide organization of performance improvement specialists. RLG has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies for 2013.

Wendy Ly is a Human Resources Consultant whose specialty also includes international business.  She is currently advising groups within Langara's Enrollment and Business Development division.

Bassam Abun-Nadi is the Western Region Representative for CCI Learning – Canada’s Microsoft Academy Service Partner and a Certiport Platinum Solution Provider. An SFU graduate with a major in Political Science, Bassam is passionate about education and its impact on students and societies. In the time that Bassam has been with the CCI team, he has had the opportunity to visit several major Canadian and American cities and see the impact of industry certifications. He will soon be traveling to the Middle East to explore the impact of IT learning on the local education systems, as well as opportunities for continued growth.

Arrive between 6:00pm and 6:30pm to network with other attendees. The presentation starts at 6:30pm. The evening consists of a 45 minute talk by the panel, followed by a 30-minute Q&A with the audience.


Website Registration:
Langara Registration: Continuing Studies Desk:[masked]
Drop-in: Late registration starts at 6:00pm.


Langara College,
A122a - 100 W 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC
(Auditorium A122a is between the CS registration desk and cafeteria in the A Building)

This is a free event, but we do suggest $5 at the door, to be donated to United Way.

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    Looking forward to another great talk!

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