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Free technology training offered through state partnership with Microsoft


 MONTGOMERY – There is no time like the present for Alabamians looking to expand their technology skills to take advantage of an innovative public-private partnership to provide free technology training to individuals across the state.
Through the Elevate America program, Microsoft is working with the Alabama Community College System, Alabama Career Center System, and Governor’s Office of Workforce Development to offer 15,000 vouchers for free online technology training and certification.

Now through August 11, Alabamians age 16 and older may obtain the vouchers at local career centers on a first come, first served basis. Training vouchers are redeemable for free online training on one of the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite or on Microsoft Windows Vista.

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“Computer literacy is a basic requirement in today’s world and the two-year college system is pleased to be a partner in the Elevate America program,” said Dr. Freida Hill, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

Dr. Matthew Hughes, director, Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, added, “The training offered through the Elevate America program will open the door to new career options for many Alabamians.”

Each testing voucher is redeemable for a Microsoft Business Certification Exam. Testing centers are located at 18 community and technical college campuses throughout the state including Drake State Technical College.

Advanced-level online training vouchers also are redeemable for training for individuals on technical professional career tracks in areas such as web development or database management.

For more information about what programs and testing are available through Drake State, contact Deloris Smothers at or 256.551.3155.

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