In response to the economy woes faced by Americans today, Microsoft has announced a new "Elevate America" campaign meant to help the general public attain the skills needed to qualify for IT jobs.
The Elevate America website not only helps individuals understand the technical skills needed for a variety of jobs and opportunities, but it also offers training resources. Microsoft is expected to partner with state and local governments to help make the resources available. As of the announcement of the program, Microsoft has stated that it will be offering one million learning vouchers for Microsoft's eLearning courses, along with other incentives.
In regards to the program launch, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Microsoft Global Corporate Affairs stated "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. 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.”
Some of the other offerings include:
• Expanded access to basic technology literacy and skills training
• Basic-level information technology training resources through Microsoft Unlimited Potential and Digital Literacy curricula
• Intermediate technology skills training courses, online and instructor-led, plus selected certification exams
• Vouchers for eLearning course collections offered by Microsoft
• Vouchers for certification exams leading to Microsoft business certification
• Grants of cash and software to community partners to build in-classroom training capacity
• Discounted membership rates for institutions participating in the Microsoft IT Academy program
• Access to a new Web portal that will help guide individuals to training and resources that position them for success in the economy today, and tomorrow
For more information and details, visit the Elevate America webpage.