Microsoft Partnership

Microsoft, through a new partnership with NOVA, is offering advanced Microsoft classes to NOVA job seekers, free of charge, at its Microsoft store in the Westfield-Valley Fair Shopping Center in San Jose. In the company’s efforts to give back to the community, Microsoft reached out to NOVA to provide this invaluable resource to enhance the digital literacy skills among unemployed residents in our seven cities. Microsoft will offer a suite of three two-hour classes — Introduction to Windows 8, Advanced Microsoft Word and Advanced Microsoft Excel — at its Valley Fair store that will be taught by Microsoft employees. The first class, Advanced Excel, was held on October 29 and was fully enrolled with 23 participants. In the future, Microsoft expects to teach two classes a month from these three offerings.

As part of its commitment to digital literacy, NOVA also offers an introductory computer class for customers with limited exposure to computers and instruction in basic Microsoft Office. These classes are held on the NOVA campus and are taught by staff from the Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Education and Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education districts. In addition, NOVA works one-on-one to assess customers’ digital literacy skill gaps and assists these job seekers with establishing email addresses, navigating the internet, producing resumes on laptop computers, submitting online job applications, and utilizing social media.

For more information about the portfolio of classes provided through NOVA, please go to the NOVA website and click on “Workshop Calendar.”