Things Are Looking Up
You have to give Microsoft props for its Elevate America project. It was just a few weeks ago that the company made its somber contribution to the rising unemployment figures
. Even so, Microsoft has made some attempt to help the unemployed with its Elevate America
Simply put, the Elevate America portal points to free and near-free resources for getting training and obtaining certification on Microsoft technology. The devil's in the details, though, and it appears more to be a Microsoft resources mashup of its Unlimited Potential, Digital Literacy and IT Academy programs.
According to the Born to Learn blog, Microsoft Learning, for its part, will provide a million vouchers for training and exam resources. The blog doesn't break down the exact numbers, but if the group were to give out a million exam vouchers, it'd be valued at $125 million.
It's easy to call this just a bunch of marketing hooey. But you'd have to be dumb to think you'd be at a disadvantage with Microsoft skills -- it's very likely any company hiring right now and in the future will have Microsoft technology deployed, right?
Posted by Michael Domingo on 02/23/2009 at 11:59 AM