Staff Photo: Erin Evans
The Nancy Guinn Memorial Library held a “soft opening” Friday for its new space and service following nearly a year and half of construction. The new computer lab downstairs has 45 computers, power outlets for laptops and wireless Internet access throughout the building. The library also has a cafe with seating outside. The library’s Board of Trustees will hold a dedication of the building May 16, followed by an open house.
Microsoft has partnered with the state to provide free technology training to residents.
Elevate America will distribute over 15,000 vouchers for residents to use online.
These classes include Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Vista, and Microsoft Business Certification Exams and typically cost around $50 to $100.
The goal of Elevate America is to make Alabamians more competitive in the work place.
"You can't even apply for a job at WAL-MART without knowing how to use the computer, all job applications are online now," said Bettye Forbus, Houston-Love Memorial library.
All vouchers must be redeemed at the Alabama Career Center.
The voucher deadline is August 11th.