New Program Offers FREE Online Training

A new training program is being offered through the Eastern Technology Council that allows employees from qualified businesses to take information technology and professional courses online at no cost. The course list includes basic computer skills, information technology and healthcare training. The cost-saving element of the program is immense. I’ve seen tuition for equivalent technology courses costing as much as $700 to $1,000, said Dianne Strunk, CEO of the Eastern Technology Council.
MVM Associates, an organization that identifies and secures tax credits, grants and other financial incentives for private companies, is handling the programs application process. Were excited to help companies find a way to meet growing training obligations, she said. Students taking the online courses may also take advantage of KnowledgePools online mentoring service. The firms mentors will provide real-time, anytime help. For more information, call 215-540-8463, or visit

Eligibility Requirements

Employers must:

Maintain a Pennsylvania presence.
Be approved for the special e-Learning Grant via an application process.
Employers should contact MVM Associates for the application procedure. For IT training, all companies, except those noted below, are eligible. Point of sale retail businesses, employment agencies, government, education, training vendors and non-profit entities are not eligible. However, if your business does fall into these categories, please contact us about other available alternatives.Employers must verify that employees who participate in the training:
Earn at least 150 percent of the minimum wage.
Are permanent full-time employees receiving full- time benefits.
Are verifiable residents of Pennsylvania and are employed in Pennsylvania.
For IT training, are information technology professionals.
The following courses are being offered:

Desktop Computing

Microsoft Office XP
Microsoft Office 2000
Microsoft Office 95
Microsoft Office 97 and 98
Lotus Notes
Business and Professional Development:

Finance and Business Law
Customer Service and Consulting
Financial Services
Human Resources
Leadership and
Knowledge Management
Personal Development Sales
Marketing and International Business
Strategic Planning and Project Management Curriculum Team Building
Information Technology:

Communications and Networks
CompTIA Certification
Database and IBM DB2
eBusiness and eCommerce
Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)
Java 2.0, HTML, XML and XHTML
Netscape Webmaster (CIW)
Windows Architecture and NT
Windows 2000
SQL Server 2000
SQL Server 7.0
Visual Studio 6.0
Visual C++ and InterDev 6
Visual Basic 5 and 6
Microsoft Internet
Exchange Server
Business and Commerce Server
Oracle Data Modeling and Language
Oracle 8, 8i and 9i
Oracle Application Server Release 11i
Oracle Business Intelligence
Oracle Designer and Developer R6/6i release Curriculum
Oracle Designer and Developer/2000 release Curriculum
C/C++ Programming and Systems Analysis
UNIX Administration and Programming