About the Elevate America Program
Online PR News – 14-June-2010 – – In early 2010, Microsoft began offering free training to displaced workers in each state through their Microsoft Elevate America program. The vouchers for training and certification are available on a first-come, first served basis at each state’s Workforce Development One Stop Career Centers. (Note: ONLC Training Centers does not offer the free training. For more information about the program go to www.microsoft.com/ElevateAmerica.)
The e-learning courses are related to technical topics such as operating systems, web development or database management. Other less technical training is for their Office 2007 products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access).
The program is designed to provide technology training for up to 2 million people during the next three years. While many people have enough background to take e-learning classes and then pass the related certification exams, others need more intensive live, instructor-led classes. That’s where ONLC Training Centers can help.
Next Steps: Classroom Training
For those people who need extra help to master new technical material, ONLC Training Centers is there. In its role as one of Microsoft's "designated partners" for Learning Solutions, ONLC offers authorized classroom training that complements the free e-learning provided through the Elevate America program.
“ONLC Training Centers is uniquely qualified to help in a nationwide training effort because we have over 200 facilities across the country. We estimate that over 80% of the population is within driving distance to one of our sites,” according to Andy Williamson, ONLC Training Centers’ CEO. “ONLC offers only live, instructor-led training, not e-learning. In our classes, students are able to ask questions while they work on labs using the actual software. That provides a richer learning experience that will complement the e-learning they received from Elevate America,” continued Williamson.
ONLC Training Centers’ classes are not free. The company charges for its training events which are typically 1 to 5 days in length. The company has an excellent reputation as a training provider to corporations and government was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing Microsoft authorized training company.
For more information on ONLC Training Centers go to www.onlc.com and for more information on their Microsoft technical classes go to www.onlc.com/microsoft.