The mission of the Cathlamet Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, promote literacy, and improve the quality of life in Wahkiakum County.
IT Academy Computer Training
Local residents needing to learn new information technology skills for their current job, a new career or just wanting to add some skills for personal enrichment can do so through Cathlamet Public Library thanks to a partnership between the Washington State Library and Microsoft.
Microsoft’s IT Academy program offers free training to participating Washington residents to help prepare them for jobs and careers in a global economy that is becoming more tech-dependent.
Cathlamet Public Library patrons will be able to access 250 courses offered on three basic levels: digital literacy, for those who need basic skills such as using a mouse or sending emails; e-learning courses that support Microsoft Office suites; and courses leading to professional technology certifications. Certification is available but at cost to the participant.
Many Washington public libraries launched IT Academy in October of 2013, but the Cathlamet library postponed starting IT Academy until the remodel was finished and new computers and fiber optic Internet were available.
Librarian Carol Blix invites patrons to come and sign up for IT Academy, which can also be accessed on home computers that have the necessary software installed.
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