One Month Remaining to Receive Free Technology Training Through Microsoft's Elevate America Program

Monday, June 28, 2010 | 01:33 pm
More Than 15,000 E-Learning and Certification Vouchers Available
NASHVILLE – There is one month left for Tennesseans to receive free technology training through Microsoft’s Elevate America Program. Governor Bredesen, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Microsoft announced the innovative public-private partnership in April to distribute 25,875 vouchers for free online technology training and certification. Tennessee has more than 15,000 vouchers remaining including the following: 6,500 vouchers for Microsoft Business Certification training, 7,900 vouchers for Microsoft Business Certification exams, and 800 vouchers for advanced Microsoft IT Professional online learning. The last day to apply for a training and certification voucher is July 26, 2010.
 “Time is running out for those interested in taking advantage of these online courses and certifications,” said Labor Commissioner James Neeley. “This kind of skills training, especially while it’s free, should be something that jobseekers can use to compete for jobs.”
Vouchers can be used for the following training and certifications: 
·         Computer Basics for Beginners - Access basic computer concepts and skills. Perfect for those new to computers. No voucher is required for the beginner courses.
·         Intermediate Level, Business Worker Online Learning - Select from Microsoft Windows Vista, Office 2003 or Office 2007 online training. Voucher must be activated by July 26, 2010. E-Learning is accessible for 12 months from activation date. 
·         Intermediate Level Certification Exams - Certification exams must be taken at a Certiport Testing Location. Select from Office 2003 or Office 2007 exams. Voucher must be activated by July 26, 2010. Certification exams must be completed by July 26, 2010.
·         Advanced Level IT Professional Online Learning - Select a training from Microsoft’s online learning library for IT Professionals and Developers. The cost of certification exams at this level is not covered by this program. Voucher must be activated by July 26, 2010.
Microsoft Elevate America vouchers can be obtained online at Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities at the Tennessee Career Center nearest you. For a list of Tennessee Career Center locations, visit