Build your skills with Cisco Networking Academy

Take advantage of the Cisco Networking Academy! Available for free through Chester County Library, these online, self-paced courses will help you explore potential career pathways, develop technical mastery, and build critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed.

Get Connected: Learn how to use a computer, connect devices and access search, email, and social media. This is a self-paced, beginner level course.

Entrepreneurship: This course teaches business and financial skills, attitudes, and behaviors to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset that can empower them to improve their lives.

Introduction to Cybersecurity: Learn how to protect yourself online and in social media while discovering careers in cybersecurity. This is a self-paced, beginner level course.

Cybersecurity Essentials: Develop an understanding of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures used to defend networks. This is a self-paced, intermediate level course.

Introduction to IoT (Internet of Things): Learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) and the digital transformation of business create new value and new job opportunities. This is a self-paced, beginner level course.

Introduction to Packet Tracer:  Learn the basics for using Cisco Packet Tracer to simulate network configurations. This is a self-paced, beginner level course.

Packet Tracer Mobile: Learn how to use the Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile software. This is a self-paced, hands-on course.

Resume Writing Workshop to resume virtually

In conjunction with the United Way Financial Stability Center, Chester County Library will resume our monthly Resume Writing and the Job Search workshop in a virtual format starting May 12. This workshop reviews fundamentals of writing a resume: format, content, tips and tricks, required and optional sections, etc. We’ll review example resumes and discuss online and print resume resources.

For more information and to register, click here.

For more upcoming virtual programs, click here for Chester County Library’s calendar and here for the United Way’s calendar.

SCORE seminars rescheduled as webinars through Chester County Library

SCORE of Chester and Delaware Counties has rescheduled two of their previously planned programs, now to be delivered virtually. Click the links below for more information and to register.

5/6, 2-3:30pm – How to Create “Killer Content” for Social Media and Your Website

5/11, 1-2:30pm – Blogging for Business

For more virtual programs being offered by Chester County Libraries, visit our calendar.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

PUA provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 related reasons, as defined in the CARES Act. Benefit payments under PUA are retroactive, for weeks of unemployment, partial employment, or inability to work due to COVID-19 reasons starting on or after January 27, 2020. The CARES Act specifies that PUA benefits cannot be paid for weeks of unemployment ending after December 31, 2020.

For more information and to file a regular unemployment claim, click here.

Free online business courses – Tesseract

With the current pandemic, most of the workforce across the globe are working from home. This brings a whole new set of challenges for organizations to mitigate, from productivity issues to information security, and business continuity is becoming the primary problem for many organizations.

Tesseract Learning wants to help in any way they can. They are releasing free eLearning modules to help you maintain employee wellbeing, productivity, and business continuity.

Find the courses here.

Pennsylvania Launches COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal

Pennsylvanians looking for work can now find life-sustaining businesses that are hiring through a new online tool known as the COVID-19 Hiring Now Job Portal.

People seeking employment can visit PA CareerLink Website and select the green “PA COVID-19 Jobs – Hiring Immediately” job portal banner to see active job openings.

Selecting the “Apply Now” button for a listed position will redirect individuals to the employer’s website or email where they can apply directly with the employer and speed up the hiring process.

Life-sustaining businesses can feature their job openings on the portal through an easy to use online form. Businesses must meet the criteria of a life-sustaining business and must have more than 10 job openings .

The PA COVID-19 job portal is updated daily so businesses in need are spotlighted and people searching for employment have the latest job information.

Seedcopa COVID-19 Toolkit

Seedcopa + SeedcoDE help businesses get the money they need to start, grow and expand. They are proud that the loan programs they work with promote economic development. Together with economic development partners throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware, they help local businesses grow, create and retain jobs while stimulating growth within their communities.

The team at Seedcopa + SeedcoDE is serving you remotely. For up-to-the-minute developments, please visit their COVID-19 Small Business Toolkit and follow them on social media.