Microsoft and state team up on free vouchers for tech training

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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Diane Kitchen

January 22nd, 2010
11:47 am

How does one qualify for this free training?

Henry Unger

January 22nd, 2010
11:54 am

It’s first come, first served

Bravissimo

January 22nd, 2010
11:55 am

There website seems to be down at the moment…

Bravissimo

January 22nd, 2010
11:59 am

Their..sorry
or its very busy?

CED Solutions

January 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Come take your training at CED Solutions in Marietta, GA!

SHIRLEY GOBER

January 22nd, 2010
12:12 pm

How does one qualify for this free training?
The website that was give stayed busy unable to get on.

Grob Hahn

January 22nd, 2010
12:20 pm

While I agree that computer skills have value, I can’t help but wonder how much this sort of program will help. It looks more like a feel-good program to create hope. I say this because computer jobs have largely been washed out to see on a wave of H1B visas from India. Microsoft was one of the bigger culprits and set up programs like this in India specifically to flood the US market with cheap Indian labor. At the peak you could get a programmer from India with a PhD fro less than $25K per year. So honestly, why here? Why now? And what possible results could this yield? 30,000 people with hope could affect the attitudes of close to a quarter million people, maybe even change their minds about going into a panic. I’m not trying to say it’s a tin foil hat conspiracy, just that it’s very puzzling.
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Jack Daniels

January 22nd, 2010
12:26 pm

The web site is slow.

Bravissimo

January 22nd, 2010
12:31 pm

slow isnt the word…its bogged down

Michael

January 22nd, 2010
12:41 pm

I have looked into this on the site listed above. I was unable to find any information about this. I also navigated to the Microsoft website and check there. Georgia is not listed on there map as a participating state. I have provided the link to the Microsoft website, were it list the states that are involved. Is there a time frame on when this will be available. I am sure 30,000 vouchers will be requested pretty quickly.

http://www.microsoft.com/About/CorporateCitizenship/us/CommunityInvestment/participatingstatesmap.aspx

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Dave T

January 22nd, 2010
1:08 pm

This program was very poorly rolled out. The website can’t handle the requests it’s getting. If you’re lucky enough to get in, after filling out a request for a voucher the site either crashes or you get an error message stating it’s not on the server. It would be nice if our policy makers would have the foresight to anticipate this and make sure the infrastructure could handle the requests that are resulting from this highly publicized event. It makes me mad because I’m an unimployed project manager and I certinally would have rolled out this program better!

libr8td

January 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

Piss poor rollout of a much needed program.

oldfart

January 22nd, 2010
1:41 pm

What do you expect? The servers are running on MS Server 2007.

ornery

January 22nd, 2010
1:49 pm

Shouldn’t the Department of Labor be rolling this out? It seems that the left foot doesn’t talk to the right foot at all. You ask GDOL about the work ready program (which is a waste) and they say talk to the tech schools, and the tech schools feel it’s a burden to communicate with it’s customers. GDOL needs an immediate and massive overhaul and Sonny should get GDOL involved in the work ready.

ann

January 22nd, 2010
1:53 pm

RK

January 22nd, 2010
1:56 pm

How can you learn to use Windows online…if you can’t already use Windows? Or get online?

Lo

January 22nd, 2010
2:13 pm

If you can’t get online then this program probably isn’t for you. You might need something a bit more basic. Also, if you can’t get online or use Windows how did you find out about this since it’s only posted online?

Dee

January 22nd, 2010
2:18 pm

Might be in interesting program if they ever get the website up and running!

aoneill

January 22nd, 2010
2:26 pm

The Web site to apply for vouchers has had some problems because of huge volume. They’re working on boosting the bandwidth and should have it up and running smoothly soon.

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Jackson

January 22nd, 2010
2:34 pm

Site WILL NOT load without errors; and/or “click here to learn more” fails to find the application on the server.

runnergirl

January 22nd, 2010
2:49 pm

Just worked fine for me!

Bravissimo

January 22nd, 2010
2:54 pm

i submitted an app, but never could get a confirmation.

Corey

January 22nd, 2010
3:17 pm

Ornery, Georgia Work Ready tests are administered by the various Workforce Development Agencies. For Dekalb County contact 404-687-3400 and let the receptionist know you are interested in taking the GA Work Ready Skills Assessment Test(be very specific). It’s that simple.

Corey

January 22nd, 2010
3:19 pm

In addition Ornery, GDOL barely has enough employees to keep up with all of the unemployment insurance calims filed daily – not to mention the other responsibilities they are tasked with. Have you heard of furloughs for state employees?

WTF!?

January 22nd, 2010
3:51 pm

@oldfart

Wow you really must be old. There is no MS Server 2007. There is Windows NT, Server 2000, Server 2003, or Server 2008. There is no Server 2007 unless you are talking about Exchange Server 2007 but I doubt you are because that is an email server operating system and would not be hosting a link to sign up for anything.

WTF!?

January 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

I-D-1-0-T Error.

marie

January 22nd, 2010
7:15 pm

clay

January 22nd, 2010
8:54 pm

How about offer more training on the Server 2008 OS and environments on which it could be used in?

clay

January 22nd, 2010
8:58 pm

I run Server 2005 from my home PC.

Memory

January 22nd, 2010
11:02 pm

Clay, go to dreamspark.com and download windows server 2008. Get Windows server 2008 CBT nuggets and set up virtual Domain Controllers and learn it that way. That is what I did and I am 1 test away from my MCITP-server admin and MCITP-Enterprise. I have to take the 83-640.

Erik

January 23rd, 2010
12:00 am

Hilarious!The system is down … must be running on Microsoft server software.
Maybe they should run the registration system on Linux and open source software :)

Here is the message at http://www.gaworkready.org/ : “The Elevate America E-Learning voucher application is experiencing some delays due to volume. We appreciate your patience. Vouchers will remain available to Georgians and we encourage you to revisit the site to complete your application.”

PRINT

January 23rd, 2010
1:38 am

It don’t get no better than that! What a great way for Microsoft to give back to the community!

Tork

January 23rd, 2010
7:35 am

Those are very tough courses. There is a lot to learn. The course studies are very thorough. I have 2 Microsoft certs myself. Make sure you know what you want to do to begin with. Some of the job availability for some of the certs. Are filled to capacity. Because of the popularity of them. Be prepared for some tough studying though. The Microsoft books are usually your best bet.

Patsy

January 23rd, 2010
8:45 am

how do i get signed up? please somebody help

Patsy

January 23rd, 2010
8:47 am

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Rick in Grayson

January 23rd, 2010
9:36 am

Grob Hahn

January 22nd, 2010
12:20 pm
While I agree that computer skills have value, I can’t help but wonder how much this sort of program will help. It looks more like a feel-good program to create hope. I say this because computer jobs have largely been washed out to see on a wave of H1B visas from India. Microsoft was one of the bigger culprits and set up programs like this in India specifically to flood the US market with cheap Indian labor. At the peak you could get a programmer from India with a PhD fro less than $25K per year. So honestly, why here? Why now? And what possible results could this yield? 30,000 people with hope could affect the attitudes of close to a quarter million people, maybe even change their minds about going into a panic. I’m not trying to say it’s a tin foil hat conspiracy, just that it’s very puzzling.
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Grob has this right! Computer jobs have been mostly taken over by foreign workers on H1-B visas. 85,000 new H1-B visas are issued each year and more than half of those are workers are in the computer field. Even more foreign workers who studied in the US are allowed to take jobs that should go to US citizens. Foreign companies can also bring in additional foreign workers for “training” (forgot what visa that was). Many more computer industry jobs are simply being outsourced and the remaining ones are having their wages depressed by the foreign workers who work for less money than a US citizen needs to support a family.

Ask your politicans why they place the needs of foreign workers before those of US citizens! Ask them why we continue to allow more foreign workers to enter the US legally when so many US citizens do not have jobs to support their families!

John

January 23rd, 2010
9:37 am

This is pathetic. Too little, too late. Imagine foreigners will get more out of this than anything.

I have over 6 indians in a tiny 1B/1B apartment living next to me paying less than $300 than I am on rent working for one of the biggest IT employers here in the state. They have no morals, are filthy, obnoxious, and not Christian.

They live like slaves too! This is future of our country if we don’t turn things around soon!

DreVon Software Training

January 26th, 2010
3:09 pm

Come take your training at DreVon Software Training!

jfish

January 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

Site is working and I signed up.
And didn’t anyone’s mother tell them that if they don’t have anything nice to say, to just keep quiet? I swear, this state has more bitchy people who are always complaining about everything. Boo hoo!
Learn to be happy or keep it to yourself.

sheesh

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