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TN governor unveils partnership to offer free technology training

TN governor unveils partnership to offer free technology training

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 12:25 pm

The Messenger 05.03.10
NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen says Tennessee will join forces with Microsoft in an innovative public-private partnership to provide free technology training to people across the state.
Through Elevate America, Microsoft will work with the Tennessee Department of Labor to distribute 25,875 vouchers for free, online technology training and certification.
“Maintaining a competitive workforce relies on providing advanced computer skills training to Tennesseans,” Bred-esen said. “I appreciate Microsoft’s generosity and believe having access to these training and certification resources will help expand the growing base of high-skilled labor that has helped make Tennessee so successful in economic development efforts.”
He made the announcement at the Department of Labor Career Center in Nashville, along with representatives from Microsoft, the Tennessee Department of Labor, Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Car-eer Centers, Tennessee Technology Centers and the Tennessee Department of Human Resources.
“Elevate America is helping to make a life-changing difference for individuals and families across the nation,” said Jack West-erlund, Microsoft sales director for state and local government. “Microsoft is pleased to partner with the Tennessee Department of Labor to assist people across the state in gaining technology skills training they need to move forward in today’s economy.”
“Workers can take these free online courses from home, Tennessee Career Centers or Tennessee Technology Centers,” said Labor Commissioner James Neeley. “Offering immediate access to computer skills training will greatly improve recipients’ employment prospects.”
Vouchers can be obtained online at Auxiliary aids and services are available to people with disabilities at the nearest Tennessee Career Center.

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