Microsoft grant goes to high-tech training


A national nonprofit group that provides training for high-tech jobs announced yesterday that it will use a Microsoft Corp. donation of $350,000 to expand its pilot programs, including one in Baltimore.

Green Thumb Inc. began programs in Sacramento, Calif., and Austin, Texas, last month with a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that currently provide technology training for seniors.

The Microsoft grant will be used to extend the training to welfare recipients. Baltimore's program will be open to both groups and is scheduled to begin this month.

"There are so many open jobs in the industry and so many people who are willing and capable to do the work," said Sam Jadallah, a Microsoft vice president. "Green Thumb is a great partner to help us reach those populations."

With the cooperation of private industry groups, there are plans to add training sites in 20 more cities nationwide, said Green Thumb Inc., which is based in Arlington, Va., and was founded in 1965.

After undergoing training, the workers will be placed with companies.

Pub Date: 5/01/98

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