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October 12, 2015

Job Seekers Can Use On-Line Learning System to Upgrade their Skills

FULTON- Job seekers who are looking to upgrade their skills can now enroll in an on-line learning system through the One Stop Career Center operated by the Oswego County Workforce New York office.

The Metrix E-Learning System allows people to choose from thousands of course topics to learn new skills. Additionally, some programs can lead to industry recognized certifications in fields such as human resources, computer technologies, and others.

Christine Weaver, Coordinator of Client Services for Oswego County Workforce New York, said the system is designed to give job seekers access to a wide range of training tools and reference materials to develop their skills and earn occupational certificates. Customers learn how to use the service in an orientation session and can work at their own pace. They have unlimited access to the program for six months.

All customers are given a "Prove It" license which allows them access to over 1,200 topics to "prove" their ability in a certain field. Additionally, customers can choose a second license to learn new skills, either Medcom or Skillsoft. Medcom has nearly 900 health care related courses to choose from and Skillsoft has more than 6,500 courses with a broad varietyof topics ranging from accounting, to IT skills to manufacturing, and much more.

"For the underemployed or unemployed, this is a way to show potential employers that they are using their time to learn new skills and keep their skills current," said employment advisor Michelle Smith. "On average, most of our customers complete 10 to 12 courses. We have had a few high achievers who have done more than 100 courses in 180 days. In the last six months, our customers have collectively spent nearly 1,000 hours earning more than 700 certificates - and as one customer stated - 'you can teach an old dog new tricks!'"

"The proficiency tests are particularly helpful in measuring a person's ability in a skill they've learned in a previous job," said Smith. "Employees learn a lot on the job but often don't have the certification to back it up. This system tests a person's proficiency in an area and proves to potential employers that they have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills. Some local employers use the skills assessments to screen potential employees."

The system is accessible for PC users from any site with a high speed Internet connection. People can use the service from their home, a local library, or the Workforce computer labs at 200 N. Second St., Fulton and 100 Spring St., Mexico. New to the system are some "mobile ready" courses which can be accessed from some cellphones and tablets. The Metrix E-Learning system is available free of charge to unemployed or underemployed county residents age 18 and older who register with the Workforce New York Office.

The Fulton office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Mexico office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To sign up for the Metrix E-Learning System orientation or for more information, call Oswego County Workforce New York at 591-9000.

Employment advisor Michelle Smith, right, shows customers how to set up an account and select courses through the Metrix E-Learning System offered by Oswego County Workforce New York. Job seekers have literally thousands of courses to choose from to test their proficiency and upgrade their skills.

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