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."

    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.