MICROSOFT IMAGINE ACADEMY INFORMATION
Yakima Valley College
(YVC) is pleased to be able to offer
free access to the Microsoft Imagine Academy (formerly
Microsoft IT Academy) to all YVC library
patrons. This was made possible because of
collaborative efforts by the Washington State Legislature;
Microsoft; the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary
of State; and libraries in Washington State.
The State Legislature authorized funding to provide
Washington State residents access to the Microsoft Imagine Academy through
either community college libraries, public libraries,
or tribal libraries for the 2017-2019 biennium in an
effort to increase the technology skills needed in today's
The Microsoft Imagine Academy provides technology skills
individuals may need or want to be successful in college or
In addition to more than 400 online courses in English,
over 1,800 of the Microsoft Imagine Academy’s most accessed
courses are available online in 16*languages. *Many
Microsoft Imagine Academy online learning courses are offered in
Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French,
German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American Spanish,
Norwegian, Polish, Russian, simplified and traditional
Chinese, and Swedish.
The Academy has two programs:
(You do not need to be affiliated with YVC to
access the Digital Literacy Curriculum.)
Courses are free and do not require
an Imagine Academy account.
Courses provide essential computing skills for
individuals new to computing or
interested in brushing up on computer basics.
There are three levels of courses:
- Basic Curriculum teaches how to use a
mouse and keyboard.
- Standard Curriculum teaches computer
basics, internet, productivity programs,
security, privacy and digital
- Advanced Curriculum teaches how to
create an email account, a resume,
search the web and social networking.
Individuals may print a personalized
certificate verifying their success when they pass
the Digital Literacy Certificate test.
(You must be affiliated with YVC or come in
person to Raymond Library to
access the eLearning Curriculum.)
Academy eLearning courses are free to all
Washington State residents. They require an access code
to create an account.
Once the code has been activated, courses may be
taken on any computer connected to the internet.
To obtain the access code:
- Currently enrolled students or current
YVC employees, open
When prompted, enter your
YVC number and last name.
- Individuals not affiliated with YVC living
in Yakima, Kittitas, or Klickitat
counties need to come to Raymond Library.
The eLearning Curriculum link must be
opened on the Raymond Library public
The eLearning Curriculum also
requires a Microsoft account (e.g., Hotmail, Outlook email).
Information about obtaining a Microsoft account
is included on the
- Unlimited access to hundreds of
courses aligning with Microsoft
technology, including Office 2013, Office 2010,
Windows 7, Windows Server, Exchange
Server, SQL Server, ASP.NET, Visual
Studio and Microsoft Dynamics.
- Video demonstrations and
self-test questions for assessment.
- The ability to prepare for and take
Microsoft Certification examinations,
including Microsoft Office Master,
Desktop Infrastructure, Server
Infrastructure, Private Cloud, Data
Platform, Business Intelligence, Windows
Store Apps-C#, Windows Store Apps-HTML5
and Web Apps.
- Reduced examination fees for individuals using the
Imagine Academy funded by the Washington State
Additional information about courses
and certification is available on the
Microsoft Imagine Academy Webpage.
Step-by-Step instructions to
help get you started.
Questions? Call Raymond Library, 509.574.4991,
Check out what other Washington State Libraries
are offering the Microsoft Imagine Academy to the
citizens of Washington:
WSL Microsoft Imagine Academy
Washington State Library Video about the Microsoft
Academy on YouTube