NFL player Michael Johnson’s first MJ93 Microsoft Certification Program was a Touch Down for 6 Graduates!
And a Great Honor was Bestowed on the Athlete/Activist

Cincinnati Bengal’s Defensive End Michael Johnson’s charity MJ93 held a graduation ceremony for its inaugural computer training initiative on last week at the George P. Evans Convention Center in Selma, Alabama.

As a result of his commitment, diligence, and philanthropy, Michael Johnson was awarded a certificate by Ivey making the Selma native an honorary Lieutenant. Governor of the State of Alabama!

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Lt. Governor Kay Ivey of Camden, Alabama, was the guest speaker at the event. She has a background in education and addressed to the accomplished students the issue of technology being the future and the necessity of preparation for the impacts that technological advancements will have on the world.

As a result of this new initiative, the 6 graduates learned useful skills, received a new laptop and materials to prepare for the computer technician certification test.

Course instructor Rufus Ford, spoke the cost of training for the students to become computer technicians averaged $3,400 per student and the average starting salary for computer technicians is $40,000 and that there is a need in this field.

MJ93 paid for the entire cost of training for the students.

Ivey, commended Michael Johnson for the heart and the vision for starting the program. The Lt. Governor encouraged the students to use the knowledge that they were giving them and congratulated them on being the first graduate class of the initiative.

“It was exciting to have the Lieutenant Governor speak at MJ93’s 1st graduation, and present my son with this great honor” Johnson’s mother, Thomasene, said. “She is proud representation of the Black Belt community.”

The computer initiative began in July and trained adult students to be computer technicians!
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“This is a high-end course,” Ford said. “Most courses just teach Microsoft Office or basic skills, but we take the next step. People can get a high-end job skill.”

He said the class is vital because of a low technological skill level in Selma. Thomasene and Ford came up with the idea for the computer technician training after Michael’s football camp last year. Microsoft held a workshop after the camp last spring.

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