Vouchers for Technology Training Still Available


Microsoft Elevate America program nearing end

BALTIMORE (December 17, 2009) - Citizens of Maryland can still claim vouchers for free or low-cost technology training and certification testing made available by Microsoft Corp. and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation but need to act by January 12, 2010.

"Thanks to Microsoft Corporation's generosity, the Elevate America partnership offers an opportunity for Marylanders to get general and advanced skills in Microsoft programs in a matter of weeks, or obtain Microsoft IT certification," DLLR Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez said.

"We know this has already changed lives by helping people from unemployment or low-wage jobs elevate themselves into stable career fields. The O'Malley-Brown Administration is dedicated to strengthening and growing the middle class, and this is a program that helps get immediate results."

Governor O'Malley joined Fred Humphries, Microsoft Managing Director, US Government Affairs; Secretary Sanchez and Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon at the Baltimore Eastside Career Center on Oct. 14 to launch Elevate America in Maryland.

Vouchers are being distributed in the state's One-Stop Career Centers, participating local community college system, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitative Services and participating county library systems. Courses range from basic technology literacy to intermediate-level technology skills. A portion of the vouchers will be issued to Maryland residents for Microsoft Certification Exams all at no cost to the recipient.

To date, more than 4,116 E-Learning training vouchers and 547 Exam certification vouchers have been issued throughout the state, leaving 3,384 E-Learning training vouchers and more than 5,000 exam certification vouchers still available to the citizens of Maryland.

Microsoft E-Learning training vouchers can be issued as late as January 12, 2010 but won't expire for one year after activation. Microsoft Test Exam vouchers must be distributed and used by January 12, 2010.

One need not be unemployed to receive the vouchers.

E-learning training courses may be taken at no cost. Users receive a paper confirmation when they complete a course. Certification testing is free at some centers but proctor fees may be charged at others.

For additional information regarding where you can obtain a voucher in Maryland, visit the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation homepage and click on the Elevate America button. To learn more about the Elevate America program, visit the Microsoft website.