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April 7, 2017

Sign Up Today for Free Online Training Courses

OSWEGO COUNTY - Oswego County Workforce New York (OCWNY) continues to encourage residents to join "Skill Up Oswego County," a new initiative that offers free access to online learning courses. More than 400 residents have signed up to take advantage of this opportunity which is sponsored by OCWNY, the Oswego County Workforce Development Board, the Oswego County Poverty Reduction Task Force and NY Wired for Education.

"The Metrix E- Learning System is a great way to teach people the skills that employers are looking for," said Christine Weaver, director of the OCWNY American Job Center. "It utilizes the SkillSoft program which offers more than 4,000 courses covering IT and software, project management, human resources, customer service, banking, retail, hospitality, and communication skills, among many others."

The initiative allows participants to use the online learning system for free for six months or 180 days. During that time, they receive certificates for each class that they complete successfully. They can also take courses designed to prepare them for more specialized certification exams, such as A+ Certification, Cisco, Microsoft, Six Sigma and others that are taken outside the Metrix system. In addition, they can link directly to www.indeed.com to search current local job openings.

The online learning system is open to any Oswego County resident interested in learning new skills or upgrading their current skill-set to improve their employment opportunities. It requires high-speed internet access and basic computer skills. The system is available around the clock which allows people to work at their own pace.

Weaver added, "This offer is only available for a limited time, so county residents are encouraged to sign up today. They can go to http://oswego.skillupamerica.org/sd/sduseroswego.cfm to request a login."

For details, call (315) 591-9000 or .

Informational sessions are held at the Oswego County Workforce New York office at 200 N. Second Street, Fulton.


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