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Microsoft Imagine Academy

Microsoft Imagine Academy 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 Imagine Academy, underwritten by discounts from Microsoft, and made possible through a special Legislative appropriation.  Access to the Imagine Academy is available through the Washington State Library’s website; you will be asked to self-attest that you reside or work in Washington state before gaining access.

Imagine Academy content covers Microsoft Office applications (the ‘productivity suite’), computer science, data science, and IT infrastructure.  Selected Washington public and tribal libraries, and community/technical colleges also offer free or discounted Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certifications.  A more limited number of public and tribal libraries also offer free Quickbooks, Adobe, and IC3 digital literacy certification.  To find a testing center near you, use the Locator tool on the Certiport website.

Click here to access to the Imagine Academy online learning resources.  Because this resource is funded for Washington residents by the State of Washington, you will be asked to self-attest that you reside or work in Washington state.

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 attainment 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.