As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the U.S. work force and boost the ability of the nation's companies to compete in a global economy, Microsoft Corp. announced it is donating cash, software and a curriculum to help provide training in technology skills to adults.

In a two-year alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), One-Stop Career Centers around the country will receive a total of $3.5 million in cash and software, in addition to a donated Digital Literacy training curriculum, to further advance technology skills and training programs. Initially, grants will be made to One-Stop Career Centers in 9 cities: Boston and Framingham, Mass.; Pittsburgh and Lancaster, Pa.; Rockledge, Fla.; Sunnyvale, Calif.; Seattle; Chicago; and Beckley, W.Va.

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