The purpose of this policy bulletin is to inform Job Center and Non Cash Assistance Food Stamp (NCA FS) Center staff that New York State, in cooperation with Microsoft Corporation's Elevate America Program, will distribute free vouchers for select e-learning courses and certification exams.
Elevate America is intended to support individuals, especially those who are unemployed and want to acquire, develop, or improve technology skills necessary to obtain, retain, and succeed at employment in today's workplace. JOS/Workers are encouraged to inform cash assistance (CA) and food stamp (FS) applicants and participants who may benefit about the vouchers so that they can develop skills that may help them obtain employment.
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance(OTDA) has received 500 vouchers from the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) to enable CA and FS applicants and participants to access Information/Business Workers e-learning courses at no cost. Each of these vouchers has an access code to allow a single Microsoft course selection.