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MICROSOFT IT ACADEMY INFORMATION

 

Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) is pleased to be able to offer free access to the Microsoft IT Academy to all YVCC 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 IT Academy through either community college libraries, public libraries or tribal libraries for the 2013-2015 biennium in an effort to increase the technology skills needed in today's workforce.


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The Microsoft IT Academy provides technology skills individuals may need or want to be successful in college or the workplace.  

In addition to more than 400 online courses in English, over 1,800 of the Microsoft IT Academy’s most accessed courses are available online in 16*languages.  *Many Microsoft IT 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:

Digital Literacy Curriculum   
(You do not need to be affiliated with YVCC to access the Digital Literacy Curriculum.)

Courses are free and do not require an IT Academy account.  Courses provide essential computing skills for individuals new to computing or interested in brushing up on computer basics.  Open Digital Literacy Curriculum.

There are three levels of courses:

  1. Basic Curriculum teaches how to use a mouse and keyboard. 
  2. Standard Curriculum teaches computer basics, internet, productivity programs, security, privacy and digital lifestyles.
  3. 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.

eLearning Curriculum
(You must be affiliated with YVCC 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 YVCC employees, open eLearning Curriculum  When prompted, enter your YVCC number and last name. 
     
  • Individuals not affiliated with YVCC living in Yakima, Kittitas or Klickitat Counties need to register as a YVCC Library patron in Raymond Library.  The E-Learning Curriculum link must be opened on a Raymond Library public computer.  To register, please bring photo identification (driver's license, bank card with photo and name, state ID card, school card, etc.) and proof you live in one of these three counties (i.e., driver's license or a piece of mail addressed to you).

The eLearning Curriculum also requires a Microsoft account (i.e., Outlook email). Information about obtaining a Microsoft account is included on the eLearning Curriculum page.
 

E-Learning provides:

  1. Unlimited access to hundreds of courses aligning with Microsoft technology, including Office 2013, Office 2010, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server, ASP.NET, Visual Studio and Microsoft Dynamics.
  2. Video demonstrations and self-test questions for assessment.
  3. 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.
  4. Reduced examination fees for individuals using the IT Academy funded by the Washington State Legislature.

Additional information about courses and certification is available on the Microsoft IT Academy Webpage.

Step-by-Step instructions to help get you started.

Questions?  Call Raymond Library, 509-574-4991, ext 2.

Check out what other Washington State Libraries are offering the Microsoft IT Academy to the citizens of Washington:  WSL Microsoft IT Academy Participating Libraries

Washington State Library  Video about the Microsoft Academy on YouTube

 

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