Need an edge in the job market?
NEW YORK, NY -- Looking to brush up on your job skills to survive the recession? Microsoft wants to help. Recently, the computer software giant unveiled Elevate America, a program designed to provide up to 2 million Americans with technology skills essential to building a career in the 21st century. In other words, everything from using the Internet and sending e-mail to earning advanced certification in high-end applications.
The best part? Much of it is ...free. Over the next three years, the corporation, will partner with local governments and other public and private organizations to distribute vouchers for Microsoft eLearning courses. Beginning in selected states, including New York, users can receive free-or-low-cost access to Microsoft's training resources - some of which are now already available online. This includes career guidance and links to tutorials on Microsoft Office applications.
"Millions of Americans don't have the technology skills needed in today's economy. Through Elevate America, we want to help workers get the skills they need to succeed," said Pamela Passman, corporate vice president of Microsoft Global Corporate Affairs, in a statement. "We are also providing a full range of work force development resources for state and local governments so they can offer specialized training for their workers."