Alabama Gov. Bob Riley says the state will join forces with Microsoft in a public-private partnership to provide free technology training to individuals across the state.
Through "Elevate America," Microsoft will work with the Governor's Office of Workplace Development, the Alabama Career Center System, and the Alabama Community College System to distribute 15,000 vouchers for free, online technology training and certification.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the citizens of our state," said Riley. "Technology is the driving force in today's global economy and computer proficiency is a fundamental necessity. The Microsoft Elevate America program will provide Alabamians with crucial computer skills for the jobs of the future and I commend Microsoft for this innovative initiative."