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Posted on: April 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Workforce Development Board Provides Free Access to Online Career Training

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Workforce Development Board (WDB) Executive Director Donna Van Wert has announced that Contra Costa County residents will have free access to online career training via Metrix E-Learning System through its “Skill Up Contra Costa” initiative. WDB, a bureau of the Employment & Human Services Department, is making the virtual courses available in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“As COVID-19 precautionary measures include encouraging residents stay at home as much as possible, Metrix provides residents with an invaluable opportunity to make productive use of their time by learning skills that employers value,” said Van Wert. “I encourage those who are looking to sharpen their skills and jump back into the workforce once the pandemic subsides to take advantage of these course offerings.” 

Students of all ages can explore career paths, complete online classes, and prepare for industryrecognized certifications to upgrade existing skills or learn new skills, whether an individual is looking for a first job, a new job, or to advance in their chosen field. Previous Skill Up Contra Costa participants have earned certificates and digital badges in areas such as Project Management, Microsoft Word & Excel, HIPAA, Human Resources, Accounting, Food Industry Standards, Leadership and Team Building. Online students also earned certificates in computer and IT fields such as Networking, CompTIA, Windows, Adobe and Information Security. 

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