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Kitsap libraries will offer Microsoft IT certification classes

Kitsap Regional Library, through the Washington State Library, will soon be offering patrons access to training and certification programs created by Microsoft to teach the use of their software and to certify IT professionals in maintaining the software and software networks.

Free access to Microsoft IT Academy classes and training programs is set to begin on Nov. 12.

The classes and programs available range from basic instruction in the use of Microsoft software such as Word and Excel all the way to certification programs needed for people to become qualified to maintain and troubleshoot Microsoft networks.

The official Microsoft E-Learning Curriculum has more than 1,500 online, multimedia courses to choose from including games, simulations and videos to provide students with a hands-on learning experience.

Microsoft certification is a key job qualification that can open doors to better employment opportunities.

“We are very happy to participate in this statewide initiative,” said Sharon Grant, KRL Digital Branch Manager. “It fits perfectly with our mission to provide lifelong learning and support economic development.”

“This training will help people to prepare for tests that lead to certifications in Microsoft administration and applications. Certifications will help Kitsap County residents get hired, get recognized and get ahead in their careers.”

Library patrons using the Microsoft IT Academy through this program will save hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars from the standard fees, thanks to the agreement forged by the Washington State Library.

The certification classes are free through the Microsoft IT Academy program, but participants will still need to pay for the test that leads to certification being granted.

Some details of the program have not yet been released by Microsoft and the Washington State Library. Kitsap residents interested in the classes available through the Microsoft IT Academy should contact the librarian at their home branch of Kitsap Regional Library or contact Grant.

In order to access this program patrons will need to sign up for a free Microsoft account at https://login.live.com/ and receive an access key (a digital number code) from the KRL website.

For more information on this program, contact Grant at (360) 405-9036.

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