By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer, Office of Public and Employee Communications
and Peter Shuere, Teacher, Mary B. Perry High School
Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) youth offender Matthew Gainza recently became the first student at the facility’s Mary B. Perry High School to receive a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certificate.
The MOS certificate by Microsoft is a highly sought-after certification in the information technology industry. According to U.S. Labor Statistics, high school graduates earn 28 percent more in salary if they have MOS certification and training.
Gainza’s Career Technical Education (CTE) instructor Peter Shuere said, “Knowing that the certification is sort of an industrial standard bearer, Microsoft does not make it easy for candidates to earn this MOS certification. The candidate must demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in some very difficult aspects of the Microsoft Office software to score well enough to pass the exam.”
Shuere says Gainza’s accomplishment should provide motivation for other students at VYCF. “Similar in effect of European discovery of the New World, it means that passing the exam is now an achievable goal. This was once a distant dream for most students here at VYCF, but now there will be others who should and will feel like they too can be successful.”