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Workforce Alliance Offering Free Microsoft® Technology Training
Jul 08, 2010 (11:07 AM EDT)

-- Microsoft providing no-cost training and certification exams

-- Available in Palm Beach County through Workforce Alliance

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Workforce Alliance is working with Workforce Florida Inc., the Agency for Workforce Innovation and Microsoft® to provide free technology training to Palm Beach County residents in a program titled the Microsoft Elevate America® program.

Microsoft donated over 3,000 vouchers for no-cost, online technology training and certification to be distributed by Workforce Alliance to Palm Beach County residents who request them.

Those who wish to pursue the no-cost training and certification can obtain an electronic voucher application by visiting the Workforce Alliance website, and clicking on the "Microsoft® Elevate America" icon, or by visiting any of the three Workforce Alliance Career Centers in Palm Beach County to request a voucher.

The on-line training opportunities include 1,326 E-Learning vouchers, 1,236 Business Certificate Exam vouchers, and 342 IT (Information Technology) Professional vouchers.  

The E-Learning courses are self-paced and offer beginning and intermediate training on Microsoft Windows products, and the IT Professional vouchers are for courses tailored to the needs of individuals on technical professional career tracks in areas such as web development or database management.

The vouchers will be available through August 21, 2010 or until supplies are exhausted. All vouchers must be activated by August 21 and certification exam vouchers must be activated and used by the same date. The E-Learning vouchers are good for 12 months after the date of activation. The government cost for each voucher averages $60 and the market rate is about $85.

"Elevate America is a great opportunity for employees and businesses in our community," said Kathryn Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Alliance.  "This program will give our workforce the training and the nationally-recognized certification needed to qualify for employment in the Palm Beach County industries that tie us to the increasingly high-tech global economy."

Workforce Alliance is the organization chartered by the State of Florida to create, develop and retain a quality workforce system in Palm Beach County.  It operates three Career Centers and two Professional Placement Centers and offers professional services to all employers and job seekers in the County.  The Career Centers and Professional Placement Network offices are located in Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton.  The addresses and phone numbers are listed on the web site,

SOURCE Workforce Alliance