The persistent digital divide, lack of in-demand technical skills, and decline in employer-sponsored training in the last several years resulted in the loss of manual jobs and threatened jobs for many people. Those with less formal education, youth, people with disabilities, people of color, and women got hit especially hard. Current and future job recovery requires digital skills that many job seekers simply do not have.

This is why Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub joined forces to provide opportunities to gain new skills for the new digital economy. They consolidated digital skills resources in one place by forming, a hub for digital literacy skills.

New technology skills for most in-demand jobs are being offered through free LinkedIn Learning classes, GitHub Learning Lab tools, and low-cost Microsoft Certifications.

Microsoft Digital Literacy Course includes lesson guides, transcripts, and videos available in multiple languages. Participants will receive a downloadable Digital Literacy Certificate of Completion.

LinkedIn Learning offers 13 courses on Digital Fluency and Productivity: Office 365, video collaboration tools like WebEx, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom, and Google Drive- a virtual collaboration tool. All classes are taught in English, French, Spanish, and German.

Studies of workforce trends, in-demand technical skills or gaps thereof, and most in-demand jobs resulted in identifying the 10 jobs most important in today’s economy. These jobs have a large number of openings, pay a living wage, and can be obtained without a college degree. The jobs are Software developer, IT support/Help desk technician, Network administrator, Data analyst, Financial analyst, Graphic designer, Sales development representative, Project manager, Customer service specialist, and Digital marketing specialist. Through LinkedIn Learning, participants will learn role-based technical skills for in-demand jobs and receive Microsoft Certification upon completion.

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Developer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate

Github Lab

Those willing to get more advanced IT and analytical skills can continue taking classes on Microsoft Learn for jobs like Data analyst, Software developer, and IT administrator. Becoming Microsoft certified will allow them to add these skills to resumes or LinkedIn profiles to be faster discovered by potential employers. LinkedIn Learning also offers digital courses in employability skills development and practical support for job seekers.

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While you are thinking about what class to take to get Microsoft certified, do not forget to check out free online materials always available from your local library:

  • LearningExpress Library

  • Data Axle-Reference Solutions, formerly Reference USA

  • Universal class

  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center