Microsoft IT Academy
"Through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, received funding from the legislature to offer the Microsoft IT Academy to community and technical college libraries, public libraries, and tribal libraries at no cost during the current biennium (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 Washington Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) will provide the people of Washington access without charge to a wide range of Microsoft online courses and learning resources through their local public, community college, or tribal libraries." (Washington State Library)
Using Your Own Computer? Review the IT Academy system requirements.
Beginners with little to no prior computer experience access the Digital Literacy Program by clicking here. No Microsoft account is required.
Experienced computer users see Step 1 below.
Step 1: Create a Microsoft account.
If you do not have a Microsoft account you will need to create a username (email address) and password by visiting the Microsoft Account Sign Up Page. After you have created a Microsoft account, return to this page.
Step 2: Get your Microsoft IT Academy authorization code.
A one-time access code is needed when you register for the IT Academy. Click here and sign in using your library barcode and pin number. You will then need to sign in using your Microsoft account to complete the registration instructions. If you don't have a Microsoft Account see Step 1 for creating an account.
Step 3: Choose a course and start learning.
- Browse the hundreds of courses available or search for a specific topic. Add whichever courses you’d like and enjoy the IT Academy!
Access the Microsoft IT Academy here.