Take an online class, practice for a certification exam, or learn a new job skill using NOLS’ online resources Lynda.com and the Microsoft Imagine Academy. The Library is offering free, weekly, drop in Study Lab sessions using the NOLS Mobile Computer Lab. Sessions will be held Tuesdays, from 5pm to 7pm, May 1 through June 12 at the Port Angeles Main Library. Come to one, come to them all. Pre-registration is not required.
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Library cardholders have free access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
Lynda.com’s library of courses and instructional videos can be accessed with a library card from any device with an internet connection. Users can personalize their Lynda.com account to help manage course history, playlists, bookmarks, and certificates of completion. Many courses also feature exercise files, so while watching a tutorial about Microsoft Excel users can follow the activity with downloadable, pre-populated Excel spreadsheet files. Lynda.com courses can also be used to prepare for Microsoft Certification Exams.
The Microsoft Imagine Academy provides over 400 Microsoft online courses and learning resources at three different levels including productivity, computer science, and IT Infrastructure. Build Microsoft Office skills, access guides, and even earn Microsoft Certifications.
The Microsoft Imagine Academy is made possible through a public-private partnership between Microsoft, the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State, the Washington State Legislature, and more than 400 Washington libraries, including NOLS.
Certiport certifications are an industry recognized standard demonstrating ones proficiency in a Microsoft application to an employer or prospective college. For a limited time, the North Olympic Library System is partnering with Washington State Library to offer free Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams through Certiport (a $150 value per exam). All residents in Washington State are welcome to participate. The Library does not charge any proctoring fees to those wishing to take a certification test.
Special MOS testing sessions will be held throughout NOLS in March. Learn more about the testing sessions here. To schedule an appointment outside of those testing sessions, please email email@example.com and provide your full name and the specific MOS exam(s) you wish to take.