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Microsoft invites Organizations for Elevate America Veterans Initiative to help prepare U.S. veterans for Jobs

Microsoft is “inviting organizations to submit proposals for Elevate America Veterans Initiative, which focuses on giving veterans and their spouses the technology skills & support resources need to be successful in today’s civilian work force. Through a competitive request for proposal process, Microsoft’ll award cash, software and IT skills training curriculum to eligible veterans service organizations, work-force agencies, as well as other nonprofit organizations and their partners that’re providing veterans & their spouses with support need to be successful in their transition to civilian careers. Support provided by these organizations may include technology skills training, job placement, career counseling and other support services such as childcare, transportation & housing. Organizations have until June 30, 2010, to apply to this initiative and successful applicants will be announced in August,” writes Microsoft. “RFP is the first phase of EAVI, which’ll provide $2 million in cash and up to $6 million in software & other resources over next two years. A second round of competitive RFP process in 2011 will provide opportunities for successful grantees to deepen their efforts based on results from the first phase and scale projects that’ve demonstrated effectiveness.”

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