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SkillUp Lancaster

Lancaster County residents who want free access to online learning courses will soon have the opportunity through SkillUp Lancaster, an initiative sponsored by the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, the Lancaster Chamber, Community Action Partnership and NY Wired for Education.

Beginning Monday, May 1, any Lancaster County resident can join the Metrix Learning System which provides online courses that teach skills employers are seeking. The initiative provides a free license to Lancaster residents of the SkillUp program for six months. This program has a catalog of over 4,500 courses that includes project management, human resources, banking, retail, hospitality, communication skills and much more.

SkillUp Lancaster is available to any Lancaster County resident looking to update skills. Users need access to the internet, a valid email address, basic computer knowledge, and login access to the program. Ready to update your skills? Click here to register: http://lancaster.skillupamerica.org

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"The Metrix Learning system can be used by Lancaster County residents who are looking to learn new skills and earn certificates that will prepare them for certifications and the workforce," said Cathy Rychalsky, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board. "This web-based program is available 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 essential/soft skills. Anyone interested in participating in this opportunity can walk into their local library or other community-based organization and request access."She added, "This offer is only available for a limited time, so county residents looking to upgrade their current skills or learn new ones to improve their employment opportunities are encouraged to sign up today. Local employers wanting their employees to access the training may request a license through the Lancaster Chamber.”

Tom Baldrige, President of the Lancaster Chamber, said, “SkillUp Lancaster aligns with our new business model of access to all, and we’re thrilled to participate in it. This initiative will allow for a collective process in addressing Lancaster County’s workforce needs. Through the SkillUp platform, the Lancaster Chamber will launch an employer survey to determine the hiring and training needs of the local business community, and this, in turn, enables us to work to address those needs through on-line training and other methods.”

Participants receive digital badges or certificates as they complete each training session and can link directly to www.indeed.com to search current local job openings.

Dan Jurman is excited to launch SkillUp Lancaster at the Community Action Partnership. “Using technology to eliminate time, transportation and childcare barriers is exactly the kind of innovation we need if we're going to reduce poverty in Lancaster County and empower people to find meaningful work that pays enough to support a family.”

"We are excited to work with Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and their partners in this nationally innovative workforce solution," said Brian Lee, CEO of NY Wired for Education. "This will assist both employers and job-seekers, and will potentially address issues of poverty in Lancaster County."

For more information about the "SkillUp Lancaster" initiative or the Metrix Learning System, call (717) 735-0333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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