Washington State Library Microsoft IT Academy

Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap.

The Washington State Library (WSL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, funds a statewide subscription to the Microsoft IT Academy, underwritten by discounts from Microsoft, and made possible through a special Legislative appropriation.  Access to the IT Academy is available through local public, tribal, and community/technical college libraries, and through the State Library’s Central Library; most provide access to the 500+ online, self-paced courses, with 20 languages supported, through their websites.  Courses range from digital literacy, Microsoft applications, computer science, and IT infrastructure.  Selected libraries and community/technical colleges also offer free or discounted Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification.

To gain access to the IT Academy and begin taking online classes, find and click on your library's name on the 'WSL Microsoft IT Academy Participating Libraries' page.  When possible we have provided a link to the library's IT Academy information page; many libraries allow direct access to the IT Academy through their website, others may require that you visit the library in person.

Program Goals

  • Help Washington citizens attain industry-recognized Microsoft Office and IT skills and certifications to enable them to be competitive in the rapidly evolving 21st century workplace.
  • Support atainment of statewide economic development objectives, capitalize on job and workforce demands, and prepare the next generation Washington workforce for IT/STEM and IT-infused jobs across industry sectors.
  • Create a sustainable long-term learning framework for the libraries of Washington that benefits library patrons, librarians, library staff members, and the broader community while delivering measurable learning outcomes.
  • Support Washington leadership in innovative IT education reform.
  • Ensure equality of access for all Washington library branches regardless of location, size, or economic status.
  • Leverage existing Washington IT curriculum resources with an additional and enhanced IT education solution that is meaningful and relevant by mapping to industry-recognized Microsoft skills standards and certifications that align to the requirements of the workplace.
  • Promote a foundation for lifelong learning—the ability to adapt and upgrade individual skills in a rapidly changing world—by providing the building blocks of essential skills all students and citizens require to be active, lifelong learners in a technology intensive environment, and to compete and be at the forefront of the 21st-century global economic system.

Additional Information

  • Most libraries offer access to their IT Academy from their website (a valid library card may be needed); some libraries may require you to visit the library in person. Washington residents may also access the IT Academy through the Washintgon State Library's IT Academy registration page.
  • You will need a Microsoft account to access the IT Academy.  Email accounts ending in hotmail.com, live.com, outlook.com, or xbox.com are Microsoft accounts.  You can use any non-Microsoft email address to set up a Microsoft account.
  • Once registered, courses can be taken from any computer with internet access that supports the Microsoft Silverlight plugin.
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).