OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington State residents can now register for free on-line training of Microsoft software through the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD). It does not matter if they are employed or unemployed. All they need to do is register with the department’s WorkSource center. The training is offered through ESD’s career development program and went into effect October 1, 2010.
Washington State ESD and Microsoft have entered into a contract that offers Microsoft e-learning courses for basic and advanced skills. Over 1000 Microsoft tutorials are available, including training courses for Windows and Office to SQL Server and Windows Server. To access the on-line training courses, people must register with the Employment Security Department’s WorkSource career-development program. Go here to register on line or here find the nearest WorkSource office.
According to WorkSource’s Website, students are encouraged to go at their own pace and take as many courses as they want (one at a time). It can be used as a supplement for classroom courses or stand-alone training. Participants also can earn proficiency certifications.
There are six major Learning Plans available. Within the major Learning Plans there are over 1000 e-learning courses. There is no limit on the number of courses a participant may take. The computer that is being used for e-learning must have the version of Microsoft program that is being learned.
The Learning Plans include:
Plan 1: Microsoft Office Collection 2003
Plan 2: Microsoft Office Collection 2007
Plan 3: Microsoft Office Collection 2010
Plan 4: Desk Top Collections (Office and Windows operating systems)
Plan 5: Technical Training for IT Pros
Plan 6: Digital Literacy (for Computer Beginners)
Once a program has been completed, WorkSource will arrange for participants to take free examinations to earn credentials in Microsoft’s Office and Technology Associate programs to show proof of program proficiency. For more information, contact WorkSource here.
Participants may register on-line or at local WorkSource offices. Applicants may be currently employed or unemployed to register. Go here to register.
Once registration is completed and submitted, an e-mail access code will be sent out within five days. This will include instructions for logging on to the Microsoft e-leaning website and WorkSource’s contact information for further assistance.
Free Microsoft E-learning – A Unique Opportunity
This contract between Washington State Employment Security Department and Microsoft is the first of a kind program. The free e-learning programs are a unique opportunity for Washington State residents to improve their computer skills and become more competitive in the work place. The time spent learning the material will be well worth the effort. The fact that the courses are free for the taking is an incredible bonus, especially during this recession. Once again, Washington State takes a leadership role in preparing Washingtonians to be better educated and competitive in the workplace.
Washington State Employment Security Department: Website
Washington State WorkSource, Career Development Program, Microsoft E-learning: Website