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4 - Addressing the IT Skills Shortage: Training Low-Income Seniors

A Cool Concept to Address the IT Skills Shortage: Why not train low-income seniors to target the growing skills gap in the IT profession. Here is a news release we just received:

Microsoft and Green Thumb, America's largest non-profit provider of employment and training services for older Americans, have joined forces to address the growing information technology (IT) workplace shortage. With support from Microsoft and a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Green Thumb will recruit and train low-income seniors for IT careers such as software developer, support specialist and network administrator. The project will initially operate in three cities - Sacramento, Baltimore and
Austin - and provide participants 55 and older with IT training, job counseling and placement and support services. Eventually, Microsoft and Green Thumb intend to replicate the project nationwide and expand it to serve welfare participants, dislocated workers and other people with special needs. The project is part of Microsoft's Skills 2000 initiative created to address the work force shortage of IT professionals. To find out more about Green Thumb:

TechLearn 1998 Dates Announced: November 15 to 18, 1998 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Registrations now being accepted at 800-98-MASIE and

MASIE Center Program: The Road to On-Line Learning LAB & Seminar: January 12 & 13, 1998 Saratoga Springs, NY Web Site: Special discount for MASIE Center Members. Space is limited, so register early.

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