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 project.

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


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