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Microsoft program to provide online training for Virginia’s unemployed

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Unemployed Virginians will have access to free technology training under a public-private partnership between Microsoft and Virginia.

The Virginia Community College System will distribute 11,250 vouchers for technology training and certification through the Microsoft Elevate America program, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced Monday. The vouchers will be given to Virginia’s work-force centers.

The commonwealth will receive:
-5,000 vouchers for intermediate level online training.
-5,000 vouchers for Microsoft business certification exams.
-1,250 vouches for advanced technical online training, which are available for people on a technical career track, such as Web development or database management.

Virginia is the second state in the country to take part in Microsoft’s new initiative, which was announced in February. The company plans to provide 1 million vouchers nationwide.

For more information on obtaining vouchers, visit: www.vccs.edu/workforce.


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