Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Employers love workers with skills.

You know, like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, but most of all, computer skills.

In an effort to help unemployed workers update their computer proficiency skills, Washington's WorkSource career development program within the Employment Security Department teamed up with Microsoft to allow free access to their e-learning computer courses.

But they want you to spread the word: Registration is free until October 31. After that, you'll have to pay big bucks for this kind of training.

The courses cover basic computer literacy, Office and Windows products, and training for IT professionals. Upon request, access codes are sent by email through local WorkSource centers.

To learn more and to register online, log in to and click on the “Wow! Free Microsoft E-learning” icon on the right. Information and registration assistance also are available at local WorkSource centers listed on the website.

WorkSource is a statewide partnership of Employment Security, local workforce development councils, other state agencies, colleges and nonprofit organizations that work together to provide free employment and training services to job seekers and employers. WorkSource also can help employers recruit and screen for qualified workers, apply for employment tax breaks and qualify for subsidized employee training.