WASHINGTON--Microsoft announced a partnership with the Washington State Library to bring Microsoft’s IT Academy online training to more than 385 libraries statewide.
The technology training will be available to Washingtonians to help prepare them for success.
Washington is one of ten states that have adopted Microsoft IT Academy to help students develop important skills.
The state began offering IT Academy in Washington public schools across the state in September 2011.
Washington is the first state to offer the IT Academy program through both its high schools and its libraries.
Washingtonians have access to free training in three levels of technology courses: basic digital literacy proficiencies, Microsoft Office training and advanced skills for IT professionals.
The program will be offered at no cost to community and technical college libraries, public libraries and tribal libraries from July 2013 through June 2015.
Funds from the legislature pay for the non-discounted portion and Microsoft has discounted the remaining cost of these courses by approximately 90%. Funding from the legislature will also cover the cost for the Washington State Library to partner with both libraries and Microsoft in the project.
The IT Academy will be available through the Washington State Library institutional branches. It is currently available through school districts.