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Free computer-based training resources available

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill (AFPN) -- In an effort to fill the gap between tight budgets and training requirements, officials here are reminding Airmen and Air Force civilians that there is a place to go for free computer-based training. 

Hosted on the Air Force Portal, the IT e-Learning program primarily offers continuing education to help communications professionals prepare for information technology certifications and keep up with the latest software upgrades.

It is geared toward active-duty, Reserve, Guard and Department of Defense civilian IT professionals, "but, you don't need to be a comm troop to use the resources provided there," said James Shaw, the Air Force Communications Agency technical director. The Agency administers the site for the Air Force. 

"Anyone who uses Microsoft Office applications such as Word or Excel can take courses to improve their knowledge," he said.  "We'll also have a course online soon so people can learn the about Miscrosoft's Vista platform."

People can take courses in human resource development, project management or marketing strategies. They can also learn more about Adobe's software systems such as Acrobat and Photoshop, for example. These courses can be finished in a single sitting or be saved and worked on as time permits. 

People also have access to "Books 24x7," a comprehensive online reference library of fully-searchable technical books. The library contains more than 6,000 books covering topics such as IT software development, system engineering, and network design and support. It also contains 294 books covering desktop applications, operating systems, graphics, multimedia and design. These books are available for all levels of expertise and experience.

"We have such a wealth of free resources to use," Mr. Shaw said. "Why not take a few minutes to visit the IT e-Learning site and discover the benefits yourself?"

IT e-Learning is administered by the Communications and Information Training Management Branch of the Air Force Communications Agency. For more information on IT e-Learning, call DSN: 779-5698, cmcl: 618-229-5698 or send your question to: afca.caft@scott.af.mil.

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