New York and Microsoft offer free computer training for unemployed
New York will offer free computer training for unemployed residents throughout the state through Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft’s “Elevate America” program. As part of the program, the state’s Department of Labor will distribute 71,000 vouchers for online training and certification through One-Stop Career Centers across the state.
The Elevate America program in New York will offer courses ranging from basic technology literacy to intermediate- and advanced-level technology skills training. A portion of the vouchers will be issued for Microsoft Certification Exams at no cost to the recipients. “As our unemployed struggle through this tough job market, we need to find every resource available to keep their skills sharp, and this new partnership with Microsoft will do just that,” Gov. David Paterson said in a statement. “The skills learned through this free training program will give New Yorkers a competitive edge and possibly make a difference between a company hiring one person over another.”
Any New York State resident may request a voucher by registering at a local One-Stop Career Center. Vouchers are available on a first-come, first-served basis through June 24, and users will have 12 months from the date of their voucher activation to access the e-learning courses.
Read more information about the “Elevate America” program in New York.