- Our veterans initiative helps U.S. veterans to transition from
military to civilian employment.
- Our community initiative focuses on working in partnership with
nonprofit organizations who provide technology access and training in their local
community to help people find employment.
- Our online resources offer no-cost and low-cost training assets
that help people develop better technology skills.
- Our state voucher program, launched in 2009 in partnership with
states across the country, provided nearly 900,000 training and certification vouchers
through local state workforce programs through August 2010.
The Microsoft Elevate America state voucher program was launched in February 2009
in partnership with states across the country. This program, which ended in August
2010, provided over 800,000 no cost Microsoft e-learning and certification exam
vouchers through local state workforce programs, helping people gain the technology
skills training and resources they need to find employment. Microsoft e-learning
and certification exam vouchers are no longer being distributed as a part of Elevate
America. To find more of the job skills and training resources available to you
now, check our Training
Elevate America's State Voucher Program: Lessons Learned
The report of lessons learned from the Elevate America state voucher
program are based largely on an in-depth examination of the experiences
of 26 of the states and the District of Columbia. They draw on program data provided
by the states and D.C. as well as interviews with participating agency staff. The
report describes the economic conditions and demographic circumstances within the
participating states and D.C., presents an overview of the approaches taken and
the results, and shares insights gained by Microsoft and participating partners.
It also offers guidance to state and federal policymakers on ways to support and
improve future efforts to expand ICT training.
Resources that Can Help You Today
Elevate America provides the education and training you need to operate computers
with confidence—from using the Internet, to sending e-mail, to becoming proficient
in Microsoft Office Word and Excel. The following resources will help you get started
building the skills you need to get ahead.
Begin using free online learning to build your basic technology skills.
started learning now
Learn about other free basic technology training curriculum at Microsoft.
more about the Microsoft Unlimited Potential curriculum
more about the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum
Find a Microsoft Community training partner.
Microsoft provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States
who make basic information technology (IT) skills training available in their local
a nonprofit training provider near you