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Nixon's Springfield visit launches free technology education program

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Gov. Jay Nixon was in Springfield on Monday afternoon to announce a partnership between Missouri and Microsoft that will give the state's residents free access to e-learning and certification programs.

Missouri is one of seven states participating in Microsoft Elevate America, which Microsoft launched in February. Through the program, Missouri is receiving 24,750 vouchers that will be distributed statewide for Microsoft programs, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Exchange Server.

"The world has gone digital, and it's vital that Missourians have the knowledge and skills to land and keep the jobs of tomorrow," Nixon said in a news release. "For folks seeking a new job, or looking to brush up their skills, Microsoft Elevate America will be a tremendous resource."

The Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Workforce Development is administering the program. Vouchers can be obtained by visiting the Web site listed below and clicking on Elevate America. Interested parties must fill out a short application.

The vouchers must be claimed by Jan. 31, the release said.

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