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Yakima Valley Libraries partnership brings technology training to local patrons

More than 50 percent of today’s jobs require some technology skills. Experts say that number could increase to 77 percent in the next decade.

Within 10 years, 60 percent of the jobs that will be available don’t even exist today. How are you preparing yourself for these rapid technology changes?

Through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library received funds from the legislature to offer Microsoft IT Academy to libraries at no cost.

That means thousands of Microsoft classes in a number of different languages will be available at your fingertips. The free service is being provided at local Yakima Valley Libraries branches.

Patrons can obtain an access code from the staff at the library before visiting the website at www.yvl.org and accessing the Microsoft IT Academy link. Patrons can create an account on the academy’s database before entering the access code. After doing so, patrons can choose from a number of courses provided.

Questions about setting up an account can be directed to the staff at the local libraries. The libraries also have computers available for use.

“Offering Microsoft IT Academy through Yakima Valley Libraries means that everyone will have an opportunity to access these technologies and build new skills for a better job, career, to help at schools or just to learn something new. Yakima Valley Libraries supports lifelong learning for all of our patrons,” said Kim Hixson, Yakima Valley Libraries director.

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