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Microsoft, Washington State Library Launch Tech Skills Training Program

new-microsoft-logo_EMMicrosoft and the Washington State Library have partnered to bring the company’s online training to more than 380 state libraries.

The partnership intends to give users access to technology training through Microsoft’s IT Academy and help them use those skills in the global workplace, Margo Day, Microsoft U.S. Education vice president, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday.

Day wrote that the partnership was announced at the Bellevue Library Nov. 12.

“Students are not the only ones who need to develop these skills. Many adults face the challenge of having never learned many of the technology skills that are present in some of the fastest-growing industries,” Day wrote.

“Participants can achieve certification, which is at the participant’s expense, following successful completion of a series of courses by testing at certification centers, or they may choose to complete selected courses without certification,” Day added.

The company started offering IT Academy courses to state public schools in September 2011.

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