2012-05-04 / Community

Get Job Training For Free At Queens Library

Queens Library is offering free job skills training, along with free access to certification exams in many soughtafter software packages. Training is available to all Queens Library card holders aged 16 and older, regardless of education or income level. Queens Library is the only free, open portal for the training and certifications in New York City.

Training for certification is being offered in Six Sigma (business processes and quality control); Microsoft Office Specialist (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, SharePoint etc.); Microsoft Technology Associate (IT Infrastructure, software development, database administration); Quickbooks (bookkeeping, basic business accounting); Adobe (graphics, web design, other software); IC3 Global Standard (digital, computer and Internet fluency); Comp- TIA Strata (computer hardware, components, security, software installation) and Autodesk (design software for engineering and manufacturing). The certifications are internationally recognized. Certifications add a lot of value to job seekers. Potential employers know that the job candidate has passed proficiency exams and has solid basic skills. It is a plus on a resume, and is valuable to anyone who wants to begin or advance their careers. Other skills training is available without certifications.

“This is an enhanced role for Queens Library. We are providing real world, hands-on tools to help library users upgrade their job skills. It syncs perfectly with New York City’s expanded techsector initiatives, as well as with Queens Library’s mission to assist residents with acquiring practical life skills. I am proud that we are NYC’s first free and open entry point,” said Thomas W. Galante, president and CEO.

To register for training, library customers must attend a registration session.

Each customer will be given an orientation to the learning experience. He or she will be asked to set his/her own career goals, and to take an assessment survey to determine which training modules will help meet those goals. All training is done online. Users learn at their own pace. Customers may use their own computers or use the library’s learning lab during designated hours, when they will have an extended and uninterrupted opportunity to learn and practice skills. In Queens Library’s learning lab, staff are available to guide and assist. There are a limited number of training opportunities available.

Registration will be held at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY every Monday and Friday at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m. and on Sundays, May 6 and June 3, at 12:30 p.m. Additional registration dates will be announced as needed. For additional information, phone 718-990-0700.

“The Metrix Learning Solution has helped over 100,000 job seekers, from Maine to California, improve and enhance their skills needed in the workforce. The Queens Library partnership is the next evolution of our solution: training and industry recognized certification program, saving job seekers significant money in the pursuit of securing high paying jobs,” said Brian Lee, CEO, Metrix Learning Solution, which is providing the training.

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