Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) has reported new programs and events to help fulfill the ongoing demand for digital and technical skills in the workforce with the state of Texas. This collaboration is geared towards creating new economic opportunity, close equity and digital skill gaps, including to prepare a workforce for the 21st century.
“The expansion of our Accelerate program to the state of Texas is an unparalleled opportunity to speed up the local economic recovery and bring critical digital skills to Texans,” said Kate Johnson, president of Microsoft U.S. “We hope this program will be a transformative opportunity for students, teachers, workers and the entire community.”
The collaboration with the Texas Education Agency will provide digital skills through the Microsoft Accelerate initiative to address economic recovery through providing skills to underserved communities and to re-equip Americans impacted by COVID-19. Previously in August, the company announced Accelerate: Houston and now works in Texas state wide.
“Education was the launching pad that took me from a low-income Houston community to medical school, NASA, space and beyond,” said Dr. Bernard Harris, CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative and former NASA astronaut. “As a native Texan and lifelong STEM advocate, I’m grateful for Microsoft’s investment in this initiative. NMSI is committed to ensuring digital access, digital literacy and high-quality STEM content for all teachers and students across Texas and our great nation, and we’re excited to work with Microsoft, the TEA, DISD, NASA and other partners.”
“Closing the digital divide is critical to developing the current and future workforce. Our collaboration with Microsoft and the Texas Education Agency is a model for how to apply civic innovation to advance equity in our schools,” said Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of Dallas ISD. “Initiatives like Accelerate: Texas and Operation Connectivity are a direct investment in students that will open new pathways for innovation and future growth.”