Tacoma – Starting this week, customers can access more than 250 Microsoft IT Academy training courses through Pierce County Library System. The program is a joint venture between the Washington State Library and Microsoft. Training will be offered in more than 385 libraries statewide, free of charge, thanks to funding from the Washington State Legislature.
Microsoft IT Academy offers a self-paced, self-directed online class with hands-on practice to improve computer skills and become more proficient with Microsoft applications. Courses are available at three levels: digital literacy, for those who need basic skills such as using a mouse or sending emails; e-learning courses that support Microsoft Office suites; and courses leading to professional technology certifications. Learners can obtain certification at an additional expense.
Training is available 24/7 from any computer with Internet access. To enroll, customers need an email address, a Microsoft account and an access code. People can pick up an access code at any of 18 Pierce County Libraries, or request an access code via email on the Library’s Microsoft IT Academy page. A Pierce County Library card or Washington State ID is required to request an access code.
The program is funded through August 2016.