Microsoft’s participation in the new program announced today with The National Council on the Aging is part of the company’s long-term commitment to provide disadvantaged communities access to technology and training. Other recent initiatives designed to bring technology skills to low-income and other disadvantaged communities include the Skills2000 program (portions of which focus on seniors and low-income communities) and Working Connections, a program that funds information technology training for community colleges that are focused on recruiting from disadvantaged communities.
“We view this initiative as a chance to encourage our nation’s elders, especially those who are low-income, minorities, or with disabilities, to learn to become computer and Internet-literate,” said James Firman, NCOA President. “We applaud Microsoft’s commitment to providing all people, regardless of age, with access to the valuable tools that computers can provide.”
“With the convergence of aging and technology, this is an excellent opportunity for organizations that serve mature Americans to empower them with PC and Internet skills training,” said Craig Spiezle, director of emerging markets at Microsoft.