REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of new resources for veterans as part of its Elevate America veterans initiative to help veterans and their spouses get the technology skills and certifications they need to be successful in today’s civilian workforce.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, October’s unemployment report showed that although the overall unemployment rate last month improved slightly, the unemployment rate rose to 12.1 percent among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (compared with 8.4 percent for nonveterans).
Working with the U.S. Department of Labor in a liaison role, Microsoft is distributing vouchers that will enable veterans to obtain, at no cost, select e-learning and certification for Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, leading to a Microsoft Office Specialist certification or select technical professional level e-learning and certification. Vouchers will be available in the five communities in the United States with the highest number of returning post-9/11-era veterans and distributed in partnership with local workforce areas.
Veterans can find more information about resources available from Microsoft, including specific locations where the vouchers will be distributed, at http://www.microsoft.com/veterans.