As part of its Elevate America initiative, Microsoft gave out 30,000 vouchers to agencies for distribution to people seeking free training and certification in the company's programs. Microsoft is offering three kinds of vouchers: training for business users on various Windows XP, Windows Vista and Office programs; advanced training for IT pros and developers; and certification exams for Office 2003 and Office 2007. Thousands of people have taken up the offer, but the Employment Security Department, which received 25,000 of the vouchers to distribute through WorkSource locations throughout the state, says more than 17,000 were still available as of last week. Time is slipping away. The deadline is July 31 to activate vouchers. People will have 12 months after that to use vouchers for free online training courses. They'll have until the end of August to use a different type of voucher offering certification in Microsoft programs. See this page for details on getting one of the remaining vouchers in Washington state.