Back in February 2009, Microsoft announced the Elevate America – a great program aimed at helping unemployed American workers with immediate access to free and low-cost tools and training designed to build critical job skills needed in today’s economy. Microsoft Learning will provide one million training and certification vouchers to help individuals acquire and hone skills, differentiate themselves, and get a job.
Additionally, all Americans can now access a new online resource to find information and resources that will help them obtain necessary technical skills for jobs today and in the future. Participating state and local governments can also choose from a selection of offerings to make available to their citizens through designated partners. These two news clips (courtesy of Born to Learn) are just the beginning of this great program.
Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that Virginia will join forces with Microsoft in an innovative public-private partnership to provide free technology training to displaced workers. Through the Microsoft Elevate America program, the software and technology giant will work with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to distribute 11,250 vouchers for technology training and certification. Elevate America also provides a wide variety of other free resources on its website including basic skills training and career resources to find internships and jobs.
Steve Ballmer joined Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today to launch Elevate America in the State of Illinois. Beginning July 31, vouchers will be distributed across Illinois, through specifically designated programs, giving thousands of people access to free Microsoft E-Learning and certifications, helping prepare them with critical skills needed for today’s jobs. Illinois is the third state to join Elevate America (Washington and Virginia are participating as well), with more to come.