Microsoft Rocks the President's Challenge - Exceeding its S$1 Million Goal
||Microsoft marked its third year of participating in the Singapore President's Challenge by holding the Microsoft Rocks for Charity fund raising event on 31 October 2009. Two years ago, Microsoft pledged to raise S$1 million for the Challenge - including this year's donation the company far exceeded that goal reaching S$1.3 million.
Microsoft Charity Partners Experience the Power of Win 7
||During the recent launch of Windows 7 in Singapore, Microsoft charity and education partners also got into the act. From left, seniors at RSVP learn how to easily make movies that they can share with their families and friends using multi touch and Windows Live MovieMaker.
||Seven-year-old students from CHIJ – Our Lady of the Nativity school show off their artistic creativity using multi touch and Windows Paint. The student created artwork is seen here on public display at One Marina Boulevard – NTUC Centre.
Poly Graduates Get a Boost with Better Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Training
Singapore Polytechnic signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with Microsoft Singapore and CyanSYS to plan and deploy Microsoft's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions under the school's Digital Media and Infocomm programs. CyanSYS is a Microsoft Gold Certified Dynamics NAV partner whose founder is a Singapore Polytechnic alumnus.
Students from the School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology, especially those from the Diploma in Information Technology (DIT), will benefit tremendously from this partnership. The Enterprise Systems option in DIT aims to produce graduates with a strong foundation in Information Technology (IT) skills, especially the necessary business processes and enterprise knowledge that are highly sought after by corporations of all sizes.
Cyber Wellness Student Ambassadors to Drive Internet Safety Awareness
In November 2009, Microsoft, together with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), launched the Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Program. Part of the BackPack LIVE! Education Initiative, the program will promote safe and responsible use of Information-Communication Technologies (ICT) among students through peer education. Targeting students at Primary 4 and Secondary 2 levels, the program will not only equip students with knowledge and skills on how to use online tools safely, but will also provide schools with an extended platform to complement and support their existing cyber wellness education efforts.
Second Chance for Open Employment
Mr Koh Teck Heng, age 43 is a stroke patient.
Previously, Mr Koh was a frequent business traveler before he suffered a stroke at age of 37. He became wheelchair bound and lost some mobility for his motor functions. For the past six years, he stayed at home unable to work.
He attends regular physiotherapy at the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). In April 2007, the Social Worker of SPD suggested that he enrolled for the IT training program and he has never looked back.
Mr Koh had never touched a computer in his life. He learned how to turn on a computer, how to use a mouse, keyboard and the basic functions of Microsoft Office programs. He was exposed to a whole new horizon of cyber space as he learned to email and surf internet.
"I love computer! The course had given me confidence and removed my fear towards computer. I used Excel to manage my personal budget, email to keep in touch with my friends and uses internet search engine to find information instead of spending long hours to queue at counters. There is so much to learn in the cyber space!" said Mr Koh of his experience in learning IT.
In December 2007, Mr Koh secured a job with Kentucky Fried Chicken's as a call centre operator. He takes home delivery order and keys them into the computer system. The newly acquired IT skills had provided Mr Koh with a second chance for employment and to be independent again.
Discover Her Talent in Web Design
Ms Irene Toh has been a housewife for the past 20 years. When her children grew up, she hoped to rejoin the workforce. At age of 48 and wheelchair-bound due to polio, she wants to improve her chances of employment by learning IT skills.
She immediately enrolled for the IT training when the Social Worker of SPD told her about the program.
Her interest for IT and web design program is unstoppable. Ms Toh progressed to Intermediate Level on web design and discovered her digital creative talent. She also learned to use email and surf the internet. Today, she is more confident in helping her son with school project work involving the usage of computer.
In December 2007, Ms Toh joined Fischer Bell Pte Ltd, a top quality safety and industrial supplier in Singapore and Asia as an Administrative Executive. She applies the skills and knowledge she gained from the IT program in her job to prepare quotations / invoice / delivery orders and letters.
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