Microsoft partners with Colorado DOL

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Microsoft is partnering with the state’s workforce centers to provide free training with its Elevate America program.

The program is a public-private venture that will provide access to online training – to learn or enhance information technology skills –  for thousands of Coloradans.

Gov. Bill Ritter said the program will give Coloradans valuable training to help them find jobs, and critical skills to enhance performance at their current jobs. The online coursework is geared toward IT professionals and those new to technology.

The Colorado Department of Labor will distribute 12,500 training vouchers through the state’s work force centers. And 5,500 vouchers for intermediate-level technology skills will be offered, which include training in Windows Vista and Microsoft Office programs, such as Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Another 5,500 vouchers will be offered for people ready to take a proctored exam which measures and certifies their skills.

In Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will be administering the vouchers. But people will do the actual training and testing from their home computers, said Jeanne Cotter, public information officer for PPWFC. And for people who want to obtain their certification, there will be certification centers in Colorado Springs.

To learn more about Elevate America, visit or