Microsoft’s “Elevate America” Program

Satheesh C B | Saturday, February 28, 2009 | 0 comments

Microsoft has always offered  training resources for consumers.  According to a press release, they want to train 2 million people in basic tech skills. This is part of a 3-year initiative called “Elevate America”. The Elevate America program comes in two parts. One is aimed at helping helping people get free technical training and certification, and is more formal in nature. The other is available online and is aimed at teaching simpler skills, such as  writing email and using the internet.


The portal offers 5 online classes in two different versions. These include:

  • Computer Basics
  • The Internet and the World Wide Web
  • Productivity Programs
  • Computer Security and Privacy
  • Digital Lifestyles


1. With Internet Explorer, navigate to

2. Scroll to the bottom and click the Get Started Now button under the Get the Basics block. This will redirect you to the Digital Literacy Home page.

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3. Scroll to the bottom of the Digital Literacy home page and select your language and click Go.

4. On the next page, choose the curriculum version you need. Courses are the same; it’s just the screen shots and steps that differ.

5. Make a course selection.

Although these are considered “online courses”, you can download them to your PC. This might be handy if you’re heading someplace that has slow internet access.

Visit Elevate America  to learn more.

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