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Free Online Computer Training Available Through Tompkins Workforce New York

Friday, May 21, 2010
New York State, through Tompkins Workforce New York and in cooperation with Microsoft Corporation's "Elevate America" program, is distributing free vouchers for select e-learning courses and certification exams.

A voucher is a numeric access code provided by Microsoft as part of Elevate America through government-designated agencies. This access code enables individuals to participate in training resources and certification exams for no cost. Vouchers are available for Information/Business Worker Courses (training on Microsoft systems and programs), Information Technology Professional Courses, and Business Certification Exams.

Vouchers are used to activate a "Learning Plan" (a guide to deepening technology skills through online learning) and Microsoft certifications (an industry-standard validation of an individual's training). Employees with the New York State Retirement system are not eligible for these vouchers.

It's important to act quickly--'these vouchers must be distributed and activated before June 24, 2010, and training voucher users have 12 months from the date of activation to access the e-learning courses available under the voucher. Vouchers for certification exams are only valid until June 24, 2010.

"This program is an amazing gift for job seekers continuing to struggle in this challenging job market," says Diane Bradac, manager of the Tompkins Workforce New York Career Center. "Individuals just can't go wrong with improving their computer and technology skills. Once the vouchers are activated, people have a year to learn from them.

"If people don't have internet or computer access at home, the career center has a computer lab available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with a full-time staff member to help all summer. Call or stop in for more information."

Information/Business Worker e-learning courses include training on such applications as Windows Vista; Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint (2003 and 2007 versions); and Microsoft Outlook (2007). Each voucher issued covers one application course; someone who wishes to train on two applications, for example, would need two vouchers.

For more information, contact the Tompkins Workforce New York Career Center at 607-272-7570, or stop in at the Center in Center Ithaca, 171 East State Street/Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Ithaca.