Hawaii Libraries Launch New Computer Academy

Published On: Nov 10 2011 07:50:41 AM HST
Updated On: Nov 11 2011 06:37:29 AM HST
HONOLULU -

Need help learning how to use a computer to get on the Internet? Or maybe you want to become a certified IT technician.

The Hawaii State Library has unveiled a new program, created with Microsoft, to provided computer training at Hawaii libraries available to everyone with a library card.

Patrons can learn how to check the Internet, use email, or make a page on Facebook.

At an even higher level, user could become certified as an expert in various Microsoft Office applications.

"A lot of time employers will hire you because of this certification, because it's impressive and they can say 'I have an employee that has been certified to do this,'" said librarian Miriam Sato.

The Microsoft IT Academy will be available at Hawaii libraries. Federal grants totally $39 million brought fast, new fiber optic lines and new computer equipment to Hawaii libraries.

The courses are self-paced. Library patrons can stop and resume their course work whenever they want.

"The whole population, if they choose to, can avail themselves of this essentially for free. Just use a library card and that can have a transformative effect for many people in your society," said Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie.

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