The Washington state Employment Security Department offering all of Microsoft's software training courses for free to people. "The $350,000 contract is the first of its kind -- Microsoft has never made all of its tutorials available via an unemployment agency," said Jeff Johnson of Microsoft. He said that despite the price tag, the program is "worth millions."
To be eligible for the training courses, people must register with the state's WorkSource career-development program. Courses are available for all Microsoft software, from Windows and Office to SQL Server and Windows Server. The courses can be accessed from any computer, so people can work from home, the library or a WorkSource center. They're available in multiple languages and there is no limit on how many people can register.
There're six courses in the program and people should attend to more than one, but not at the same time:
- Office 2003
- Office 2007
- Office 2010
- Office and Windows
- Technical training for IT professionals
- Digital literacy for computer novices
You can register for free Microsoft e-learning courses at Go2WorkSource.com.