Labor Department Supports Launch of Microsoft Elevate America Program
Gov. Nixon makes Technology Education Available for Thousands of Missourians
Gov. Jay Nixon assists Bernice Taylor in
looking for a job in the health care field
while touring the St. Louis Central Career
Missouri Labor Department Deputy Director, Peter Lyskowski, joined Gov. Jay Nixon on Nov. 2 to announce the Microsoft Elevate America Program, which will provide free access to in-demand e-learning and certification programs to thousands of Missourians. The free training is made available through an innovative public-private partnership between the state of Missouri and the technology company.
Missouri is one of the first states to participate in Microsoft Elevate America, a program the company initially launched in February 2009. Through this program, Missouri will receive 24,750 vouchers for e-learning and certification program to be distributed across the state - at no cost to customers. These vouchers will entitle Missourians to access specialized e-learning programs for various Microsoft programs and platforms, such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and more.
"I'm proud that the state of Missouri is teaming up with Microsoft to provide cutting-edge, in-demand training that will help our citizens compete in the 21st-century economy," Gov. Nixon said. "The world has gone digital, and it's vital that Missourians have the knowledge and skills to land and keep the jobs of tomorrow. For folks seeking a new job, or looking to brush up their skills, Elevate America will be a tremendous resource."
The Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Workforce Development will administer the program, and vouchers are now available. To obtain a voucher, Missourians should visit the state's Web portal, www.mo.gov, and click on the Elevate America tab. To obtain a voucher, Missourians need only complete a short application, and learning can begin almost immediately. Missourians must claim their vouchers by Jan. 31, 2010.
Visit www.mo.gov or call 1-888-728-JOBS to learn more about Elevate America and other career assistance and training services available through Missouri's workforce system.