Certification: Costs?

For me, the answer might be how much does it pay?

I am the curriculum and business developer for a Michigan Community College. Here is a summary of the research that I submitted to our Vice President of workforce development. The links are to the original source material on Burning Glass

Value to Job Seekers

Middle –Skill Jobs pay a living wage without a bachelor’s degree

78% of Middle –Skill jobs require digital skills
Specifically Microsoft Excel [1]

Middle-skill jobs, defined as those that typically require less than a bachelor’s degree while paying a living wage, ² comprise 46% of overall labor demand. Amidst changing technology and job responsibilities, the demand for digital skills continues to expand across the labor market and into new jobs. Workers seeking to stay ahead of job market changes will need to acquire appropriate digital skills for career advancement.

Productivity Software Is a Baseline Requirement

Productivity software is a basic requirement across the market. Eight in 10 (78%) of middle-skill jobs demand facility with productivity software, and these digital jobs pay a premium over non-digital middle-skill roles.

Additionally, productivity software is necessary for upward movement. Managerial roles across career areas, not only in offices but also in manufacturing and retail, rely heavily on word processing and spreadsheets.

More than 8 in 10 middle-skill jobs (82%) require digital skills, a 4% increase since 2015: Spreadsheets and word processing remain the baseline for digital skills, with 78% of middle-skill jobs calling for these at a minimum.

Good question.


Digital Skills Gap: Middle-Skill Jobs, Digital Literacy, and Future of Work

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Fix the Roads!


US-23 at Washtenaw Avenue, watching the bridge shake and hoping the light turns green

It takes a lot of money to build and repair bridges. By some estimates, it will take 100 years to fix the roads in Michigan*. Who owns these bridges? When was the last inspection? What is the rating? This lesson analyzes actual transportation data using Statistical Functions in Excel to answer important questions:

AVERAGEIF- What is the average number of months since the last inspection?
COUNTIFS- How many bridges in this County are in good repair?

MAXIFS -What is the greatest number of lanes that cross the bridge?
MINIFT: What is the oldest bridge?

I enjoyed creating this video. Thank you for watching! Elizabeth

*Michigan’s bridges are bad — and a fix could take nearly a century

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Certification Training, Educational Technology, Excel

Excel, Is It Worth It?

Is it worth it to get certified in Microsoft Excel? Two images say it all.

Jobs that require Excel:

Hot jobs in O’Net that require Excel:

I love those numbers! Please see my previous answer: How much does it pay to get certified in Microsoft Excel: How much does it cost to get certified in Excel?


Link to Burning Glass Digital Edge Report (PDF)


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Not by my works

Reflections on St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 2:8 and to Titus 3:5.

My mentor had to tell me often that it’s not by my works that I will find merit.
It’s by the spirit. I’m good with that.


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Expert Excel- Dazzle Them with Data


A sunburst chart is a dazzling display. However, the data has to be organized in a particular way before you can create the chart. The data needs to include columns for Year, Month, Weather conditions. These columns will provide the hierarchy.

Where have we seen this pattern before? Yes, it’s the same layout as a PivotTable. This lesson offers a quick demonstration on how to create a linked reference table to create a sunburst chart.

I really enjoyed creating this lesson. Thank you for watching. eBeth

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