Microsoft, D.C. Try to Close "Digital Divide"

Computer training for students, teachers

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    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the Microsoft Corporation announced a training plan today to help city students and teachers become more computer literate and help close the "digital divide." (Published Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012)

    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the Microsoft Corporation announced a training plan to help city students and teachers become more computer literate and help close the "digital divide."

    Most modern-day jobs require some computer skills, city leaders said.

    Microsoft, a worldwide company with a modest presence in the District, wants to help the city train workers for the future.

    Gray has said creating more jobs is a priority -- especially east of the river, where unemployment is high and many modern work skills are low.

    “We've got people over here who need a job, we've got people over here who have jobs, and the city is acting as the bridge," the mayor said.

    The corporation said it will train several hundred students and teachers -- no precise numbers were given -- in the program that will include training by Howard University’s math and technology facullty.

    Community leaders like Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes welcomed the new program -- especially its plan to recruit high school girls who often are overlooked.

    The first, two-day training program for city teachers and educators will be held at Howard University this spring.