10:40 am January 22, 2010, by Henry Unger
Microsoft and the state are teaming up to provide free online training to workers who want to improve their tech skills to land better jobs.
A total of 30,000 vouchers will be issued to Georgians interested in learning how to use Microsoft Windows or one of its other office programs.
The vouchers also are good for certification exams that will help prove to a prospective employer that the person is proficient at specific computer skills.
Advanced training vouchers are available for professionals interested in Web development or database management.
“This partnership will provide thousands of Georgians with the education and skills required to succeed in the new economy,” Gov. Sonny Perdue said Friday at a Capitol news conference attended by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Ballmer pointed out that the need for computer literacy in the workplace is growing dramatically. Now, he said, about half of the jobs in our economy require some computer skills. That will grow to nearly 75 percent of the jobs within about five years.
“It’s going to take a lot of public-private partnerships, not just with our company,” Ballmer said.
The application for the vouchers, part of Microsoft’s Elevate America program, can be obtained online at www.gaworkready.org. The vouchers will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Microsoft’s program is now available in 10 states. The company hopes to improve the tech skills of up to 2 million workers when the program is fully rolled out, Ballmer said.
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