Certiport Inducts Southwestern Michigan College Dean into Champions of Digital Literacy Hall of Fame : Amid stagnant economy, Brian Leonard heads initiative to prepare SMC students to compete globally for 21st Century jobs by enhancing and certifying digital skills

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Certiport today inducted Brian Leonard, dean of academic development and assessment at Southwestern Michigan College (SMC), into the Champions of Digital Literacy Hall of Fame during a gala ceremony at the Certiport PATHWAYS™ HAWAII international conference. Leonard was one of six individuals from around the world honored for his outstanding contributions to ensure SMC’s 3,000 students and 300 full-time faculty and staff develop critical computing skills that meet globally recognized standards. Since March 2007, the college has required that every student achieve Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®) as a requirement to graduate. Faculty and staff are expected to earn IC³ by 2009.

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In today's global marketplace, it's become imperative that individuals have a foundation of computer literacy to be successful

"In today's global marketplace, it's become imperative that individuals have a foundation of computer literacy to be successful," Leonard said. "What IC³ provides us is a validation that our curriculum is aligned with industry standards not only on a local level, but on a national and global level."

Print-quality photos of Leonard from the Gala award ceremony can be previewed and downloaded at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/certiport/collections/72157606033524672. Podcast interviews with Leonard and with other Champions of Digital Literacy can be accessed at http://www.certiport.com/podcasts.

The Champions of Digital Literacy Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to honor the exemplary efforts of individuals across the globe who transform the landscape of education and employment through championing the adoption of digital literacy standards. To learn more about Champions of Digital Literacy, go to http://www.certiport.com/champions.

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Certiport prepares individuals with current and relevant digital skills and credentials for the competitive global workforce. These solutions are delivered by more than 12,000 Certiport Centers worldwide and include Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®), the official Microsoft® Office certification programs and the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program. For more information, visit http://www.certiport.com.

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