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April 23, 2018

'Skillup' Program Available Again this Summer -

Residents Can Take Free Online Training Classes until July 31

OSWEGO COUNTY - Oswego County residents once again can upgrade their job skills using a free online learning system.

"Skill Up Oswego County 2" provides access to the Metrix E- Learning System courses that teach skills local employers are looking for in a variety of fields. From May 1 to July 31, Oswego County residents will be able to access the Metrix online learning center to upgrade existing skills or learn new skills to improve their employment opportunities.

The site can be accessed at oswego.skillupamerica.org.

"The 'Skill Up Oswego County' initiative is a great way for people to expand their knowledge and abilities in areas that appeal to employers in the current job market," said Legislator Roy Reehil, District 5, chairman of the County Legislature's Human Services Committee and chairman of the Oswego County Anti-Poverty Task Force. Oswego County Anti-Poverty Task Force. "Whether they are unemployed or underemployed, people who use this learning system can earn certificates to verify their skill sets to current or potential employers."

The initiative provides a free license to the SkillSoft program. The license is valid for six-months or 180 days. The program catalog of over 5,500 courses includes topics such as business, information technology, manufacturing, retail, finance, and more.

More than 600 county residents took advantage of the opportunity to sign up for a free account through the "Skill Up Oswego County" initiative launched in 2017. Collectively, these individuals spent over 700 training hours in training earning more than 450 certificates and digital badges.

The most popular were courses in project management, Microsoft Word & Excel, HIPAA, human resources, accounting, food industry standards, leadership and team building. Many residents also earned certificates in computer and IT fields such as networking, CompTIA, Windows, Adobe and information security.

"A new feature this year is an employer portal," said Chena Tucker, Director of the Oswego County Workforce Development Board. "The employer portal was developed for employers facing difficulties finding skilled candidates and allows them to source, screen, and 'skill up' job seekers."

Employers can list their job openings, job description and skill sets needed, and select relevant assessments to evaluate job seekers skills. Job seekers can view the listing and take the assessment. Passing the assessment allows the job seeker to upload a resume and send information on to the employer for the employer to schedule an interview.

For job seekers who are not successful in passing the assessment, the system provides course recommendations and a customized learning plan to remediate any gaps, allowing the job seeker to retake the assessment when they are ready.

"The Metrix online learning system can be used to help people learn new skills, earn certificates and/or prepare for certifications, while 'Prove It' assessments can be used by job seekers and employers to evaluate and document knowledge and skills in a given area," said Christine Weaver, Employment and Training Director, Oswego County Workforce New York (OCWNY). "The system is accessible around the clock to anyone with high speed internet access. People can work at their own pace through a variety of courses that teach both technical and soft skills."

The online system also provides Oswego County residents the opportunity to learn about the skills required for in-demand careers and to receive a personalized training plan.

To add a job posting, access a license, or learn more about the "Skill Up Oswego County" initiative, visit the site at oswego.skillupamerica.org. or contact Oswego County Workforce New York at 315-591-9000, e-mail msmith@oswegocounty.com or stop in at the office at 200 N. Second Street, Fulton, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Skillup online learning program gives Oswego County residents free access to more than 5,000 on-line courses. Residents can take an unlimited number of courses between May and the end of July. For information go to oswego.skillupamerica.org or contact Oswego County Workforce New York.

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