Microsoft teaming with Randolph County for digital skills program

Alabama program is one of nine around the country receiving funding

Microsoft Philanthropies is funding a program through the Randolph County Economic Development Authority that will help people gain skills for roles in the digital economy.

The Community Skills Initiative Alabama Region program is one of nine programs being funded across the country. It will include a suite of online training and resources accessed through Community Skills Initiative Alabama website.

“I am beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to do this work,” RCEDA Executive Director Bryant Whaley said. “We’ve already started to partner with local agencies and businesses to ensure not only are our communities made aware of the CSI program but also that everyone has equal access.”

The cornerstone of the Community Skills Initiative is an Up-Skill-A-Thon competition that drives participation in Microsoft’s Skills for Jobs initiative and helps the workforce become more prepared for in-demand roles in the digital economy.

The competition, which runs from Oct. 17 through Nov. 16, will include $10,000 in prize money.

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“Today’s job market is driven by in-demand skills, so innovative programs that build those skills at the community level are a must,” said Brenda Tuck, rural development manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce. “It’s great to see that Randolph County is getting to take the lead on a high-impact up-skilling initiative like this.”

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