Information on free training to become a Microsoft Certified Office specialist, May 8

Western New Yorkers interested in free training and certification for becoming a Microsoft Office specialist should attend a 20-minute presentation at 12:30 p.m. on May 8 at the New York State Department of Labor Office in Williamsville.

The presentation talks about the types of classes and certification testing (normally $100 cost to take the test alone) offered by the Attain Lab. The classes and testing are free and available to all Western New Yorkers regardless of income. Separate classes are available for Word 2010, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

The Microsoft Excel class starts May 14 and a new class for Word 2010 will be offered this summer.

The free training and testing is offered at three locations in WNY; two in Buffalo and one in Niagara Falls.

“This is more than the typical training class,” wrote Barbara Deike, an Employment Counselor at the N.Y. State Department of Labor in an e-mail announcement. “When you pass the test, you’ll be able to claim on your resume that you are certified by Microsoft in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, very impressive to a potential employer!”

You must register for this presentation by emailing Barbara Deike, Employment Counselor at the Department of Labor at

The Williamsville One Stop Center is located at 4175 Transit Road in the Transitown Plaza, Williamsville, N.Y.

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