During the National Governors Association conference in Washington, D.C., last month, software giant Microsoft Corp. announced a new initiative, called Elevate America, that aims to provide up to 2 million people over the next three years with the technology training needed to succeed in the 21st-century economy. The initiative includes a new web site that helps students and others understand what kinds of technical skills they'll need for the jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities of today and tomorrow, and provides resources to help acquire these skills. The web site offers several training programs from Microsoft, including how to use the internet,...

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