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
The Microsoft IT 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 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:
(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.
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 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
When prompted, enter your
YVCC number and last name.
- Individuals not affiliated with YVCC living
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
The eLearning Curriculum also
requires a Microsoft account (i.e., 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 IT
Academy funded by the Washington State
Additional information about courses
and certification is available on the
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 IT Academy to the
citizens of Washington:
WSL Microsoft IT Academy
Participating Libraries .
Washington State Library
Video about the Microsoft
Academy on YouTube