North Carolina is joining Microsoft in a public-private partnership to provide free technology training across the state, reports the Charlotte Post. The joint effort, called Microsoft Elevate America, was announced Nov. 19 by Gov. Beverly Perdue at Central Piedmont Community College’s Harris Campus. The program is designed to provide technology training for up to 2 million people nationwide during the next three years. North Carolina is the eighth state to participate. "This partnership will provide North Carolinians with another opportunity to retrain for today’s new economy," Perdue said. "At a time when businesses are seeking a highly qualified, well trained workforce, Elevate America can provide potential employees with new skills to succeed. "Microsoft is partnering with the North Carolina Community College System and the state Department of Commerce and Employment Security Commission to distribute 23,700 training vouchers over the next three months. Courses range from basic technology literacy to intermediate technology skills. Some of the vouchers also will be given for Microsoft certification exams…

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