Kentucky has joined forces with Microsoft in a public-private partnership to provide free technology training to Kentuckians seeking new job skills and resources.
Through Microsoft Elevate America, Kentucky will receive 20,250 vouchers for free online training and certification that will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. In an effort to develop marketable technology skills for those trying to re-establish their employment, first distribution of vouchers has been reserved for unemployed workers across the state.
Computer training ranges from basic skills, which do not require a voucher, to advanced classes that allow participants to earn Microsoft certification.
Microsoft will work with Kentucky’s Office of Employment and Training to distribute 9,000 vouchers for online training; 9,000 vouchers for online testing; and 2,250 vouchers for more advanced training courses.
For information on how to obtain a voucher and to view a list of testing sites, visit kyelevateamerica.ky.gov. Kentuckians must claim their vouchers by April 27, 2010.
Visit oet.ky.gov to learn more about Elevate America and other career assistance and training services available through Kentucky’s workforce system.