Microsoft will partner with the state of Nevada to offer free computer training for displaced workers, Gov. Jim Gibbons announced today in Las Vegas.
Microsoft, through the Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation, will distribute 6,750 vouchers for the free classes, which include training for one of the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite, Web development and database management. Certificates will be awarded to Nevadans who complete the training.
"This program will give thousands of Nevadans the tools they need to compete more readily for jobs in this market that requires greater computer knowledge than ever before," Gibbons said.
The program is a part of Microsoft's Elevate America effort, which works to provide basic computer literacy skills to improve the chances for someone out of work to find a job.
The vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Microsoft announced the program in February 2009, which is part of a larger effort to provide technology training to two million people by 2012.
The program was announced at a press conference at a Las Vegas JobConnect office on Friday.