Certiport IC³, Microsoft Office certifications help connect India's most disadvantaged to digital world

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New Delhi, Apr 7 (ANI/Business Wire India): Certiport today announced the launch of a pilot that will enable 500 eighth- through twelfth-grade students with little or no computer experience to develop and certify critical digital skills in Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³) and the official Microsoft Office certification programs.

Developed by Rotary Club of New Delhi through corporate sponsorship from Intel, SpiceT Telecom and CyberLearning, the program aims to help students to stay in school and arm them with employability skills.

"India has proven its ability to create an IT workforce worthy of outsourcing considerations by organizations around the world. Defining a solid pathway from digital literacy to desktop productivity using Certiport IC³ and Microsoft Office certifications extends an early opportunity to many high school students in India seeking to enter the 21st century workforce," said David Saedi, president and CEO of Certiport.

"Developing globally recognized current and relevant skills among those who would not otherwise have access to this level of training and certification is essential to their success," Saedi added.

Beginning this week, qualified trainers from CyberLearning will provide instruction to students on essential aspects of computing, the Internet and Microsoft Office applications at participating schools.

After completing the required Certiport IC³ curriculum, which includes extensive hands-on computer training, students will be trained to earn the globally recognized Microsoft Office certification for proficiency in one of five business applications.

The top two performing students from each participating school will be rewarded with an Intel-powered Classmate PC donated by the company.

"Reports indicate that 80 percent of graduates produced by India are not readily employable, so it's imperative that we start focusing on schools," said Pankaj Rai, chairman of the Rotary Club of New Delhi Literacy Committee in India and CEO of CyberLearning.

"Keeping students engaged in education through this program will enable them to advance beyond their present circumstances and seize opportunity," Rai added.

Based on the success of the project, this pilot could be extended to more than 500 schools by as early as July 2009. (ANI)

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