Sno-Isle Libraries will offer more work skills training to public

Whether it’s adding career-building skills or getting assistance navigating today’s online job applications, Sno-Isle Libraries staff is ready to help. 

Hardcover book open sitting on a laptop, Gale Virtual Reference LibrarySno-Isle Libraries cardholders can access a wide range of free, online employment, training and job services. It includes access links to all Lynda.com tutorials and workshops, the Brainfuse Adult Learning Center, LearningExpress Library, Mango Languages and the Microsoft Imagine Academy. 

The EBSCO Learning Express Library features searchable skill-building tests, tutorials and ebooks for career advancement and resumes. Topics include career preparation, a job and career accelerator, high school equivalency center, college admissions test preparation, a school center for classroom and homework success, and targeted help for college undergraduates and adults. Resources are also available for native Spanish speakers. 

Live, online tutoring and review for resumes and cover letters is available in the Help Now Adult Learning Center.  

Sno-Isle Libraries is now piloting a job retraining program to help people interested in an information technology career earn the entry-level Comp TIA A+ certification.  

More help is on the way. 

Starting Sept. 21, Sno-Isle Libraries training staff will offer online proctoring to the public for Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology Associate certificates, plus Unity, Quickbooks and Adobe certifications. All are offered in a partnership through the Washington State Library.  

“If you’re proficient with Microsoft software, these certifications are a great career builder,” said Emily Felt, Sno-Isle Libraries Service Coordinator for Adult Services.  

Proctored online test sessions will be scheduled twice monthly. To register or for more information, send an email to certify@sno-isle.org 

“Since Sno-Isle Libraries is already set up to be a testing center, it’s a fairly easy switch to start offering these certifications to the public free of charge,” she said. “It’s a good way for our customers to prove that they are proficient in a variety of software requested in job listings.” 

Felt will add more proctoring sessions if the public wants more testing opportunities. 

“We thought we’d start small and fast and build from there,” she said. 

With the job market in flux, Sno-Isle Libraries will continue looking for the best ways to respond to customers’ evolving career needs. It’s just one aspect of Sno-Isle Libraries commitment to the greater community and customer service. 

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