Bailey earns Galileo’s first ever IC3 certification

Logan Turner, Staff Writer

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Junior Philip Bailey has recently become the first Galileo Magnet High School student to receive the IC3 Certification.

The Internet Core Competency Certification is given to those who are proficiently educated in many fields of computer science such as computer software, computer hardware, and networking.

Earning the IC3 Certification requires taking a series of three tests: the IC3 Global Standard 3 test, the IC3 Global Standard 4 test, and the IC3 Global Standard 5 test.

“It’s nice,” Bailey said of the honor. “I hope other students get to obtain this certification in the future as well, because I think it’s a good thing to have, especially with the way jobs are oriented these days..”

The tests are created and distributed by Certiport, a company centered around performance-based tests and certifications.

Career and Technical Education Teacher Joyce Culley offers the tests for certification to the students in her computer information systems II class.

It is rewarding to see students excel in your class,” Culley said. “The industry certifications are provided for the student at no cost, this makes the process much easier for the students to earn the certifications.”

Galileo has offered these tests for many years, but this is the very first year that students have reached a high enough level to take them. In order to reach this level, students must take both the computer applications and computer information systems I classes.

Part of the school’s communications and networking strand, these classes allow students to work their own pace and take a variety of tests that will, eventually, help them succeed in earning their IC3 Certifications. These tests are often similar to the IC3 tests, but cover more basic topics such as how to use Microsoft Office products like Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

“It’s just a great honor for the students themselves, not necessarily for Galileo,” Principal Jay Lancaster said. “They worked very hard and they’ve earned this very advanced-level certification that they would go to DCC and pay several hundreds of dollars to achieve, but they’ve been able to earn it here for free. I’m just really proud of how hard they’ve worked.”

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Bailey earns Galileo’s first ever IC3 certification