Microsoft launches 'Elevate America' Initiative

"With aims of providing the skill-sets necessary for the Digital Age to jobseekers."

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Providing the skills necessary for the Digital Age

A new US based scheme has been announced by Microsoft and it goes by the name of 'Elevate America'. Microsoft will be partnering with state and local governments, private, public and community organisations to provide free to low cost resources to give jobseekers the IT related skills, training and certifications to assist them in their search for employment. As IT skills are becoming ever more important in most job sectors, Microsoft hope that this new initiative will give help to breach the shortfall in IT knowledge some people have, thus making them more employable. The scheme will be delivered in two ways, one is a new web resource, which is online presently. The other will be delivered locally. 

Elevate America's aims are to provide:

  • 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
The scheme will be phased gradually throughout America and will last for three years. Pamela Passman, corporate vice president of Microsoft Global Corporate Affairs, announced that Florida, New York and Washington will be the first states to provide Elevate America to their residents. 


 
You can view the new Elevate America website, and also the official Microsoft Press release for more information. You can also discuss the new initiative within our forums.
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18-02-2009, 16:52:03

WC Annihilus
Wait wait wait wait... That thing is inset with a crystal? WTF is the point of that?!

18-02-2009, 16:54:29

Rastalovich

Can anyone work out why they've shopped the Apple logo out the big picture meh linked to, but left it in the small image below and on the main gallery for that item.

(A)bort/(R)etry/(F)ail.



Sometimes companies will express where their logos can and can't be used.

It might be something to do with the overall size of the relative pictures.

22-02-2009, 05:48:48

Technex
No problems with my Thermaltake products, actually better than most I have tried.

22-02-2009, 08:31:49

mrapoc
I love the way their cases take it upon themselves to provide me with a free blood extraction for a blood test.

They should start attaching colour changing tests to the metal so when i do bleed, i can see if i have any nasties in my blood

Now thats innovation

23-02-2009, 05:04:24

Technex
Ahh who doesn't like a sharp looking case ;).

23-02-2009, 06:24:05

cybermaniac
dear Lord.........

remember people!

FRIENDS DO NOT LET FRIENDS BUY THERMALTAKE!

23-02-2009, 07:10:26

llwyd

Wait wait wait wait... That thing is inset with a crystal? WTF is the point of that?!



Very Hip Newbie if you ask me.... them newbs love diamond.

Wish they would pick one field and stick to sucking at that, theyre doing the business equivelant of wiping egg of their face and then holding a chicken over their head

23-02-2009, 11:09:40

nathan

I love the way their cases take it upon themselves to provide me with a free blood extraction for a blood test.

They should start attaching colour changing tests to the metal so when i do bleed, i can see if i have any nasties in my blood

Now thats innovation



gives you some war wounds to show the girls though. You'll just have to make something up as to how you got them. Building a computer isnt gonna impress!! :p

03-03-2009, 12:03:51

Ducky Spud

Anyone else here read that as losa (loser) 2? :D



They clearly didnt plan that bit out very well haha! Whoever wrote that press release needs a medal... or shooting... not sure which! :p

03-03-2009, 12:15:20

monkey7

(...) or shooting... not sure which! :p

The dutch call it a 'nekschot', aka neckshot. The americans use the kneecap :p
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