The National Education Foundation (NEF) has announced a grant to enable teachers, students, or staff members to become fully IT literate by offering unlimited live, instant mentoring opportunities and access to 2,000 high-quality “Best-of-the-Web” online courses through June 30, 2005. The scholarship covers the tuition fee of $360 per person. The scholarships are given on a first-come, first-served basis. NEF says the purpose of the program is to alleviate the situation caused by the recent cuts in federal technology education funds. The course packages cover 60 IT certifications in Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, CompTia, and other technologies. They include an Office Computing Package (220 courses, including Microsoft Office, PC Basics, Lotus Notes, Outlook, Project, Paintshop, Internet, eMail, Microsoft Office Specialist, ICDL, and more); IT Professional Package (309 courses, including the latest technical topics from CompTIA, Oracle, Novell, CCNA, CNE, Unix, C++, Sybase, .Net, and more); Web Development Package (195 courses to help users develop web applications by mastering ColdFusion, Dreamweaver, Dynamic HTML, Flash, CIW Security, Photoshop, CGI/Perl, Java, E-Commerce Series, GUI Series, and more); and Technical Microsoft Package (227 courses, including MCSE and MCSA certifications, Visual C+ Web Applications, Visual C+ XML, Visual Studio .NET, ASP .NET Series, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000,IIS, MS Exchange Server, SQL Server and 7 Admin series, TCP/IP, and more).

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