HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The number of Americans who lost their jobs in April hit a record high, with the unemployment rate skyrocketing to 14.7%. One local organization is helping people looking for work stay engaged and trained for free.
Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York is adapting to these changing times, offering the full range of services, remotely.
"We have career counselor's and career specialists that can provide services and we can do it using this type of technology, video technology, we can do it over the phone. we are also very rapidly building some digital and virtual resources," says Executive Director, Dan Porter.
Certain jobs are still in need right now, and will become more urgent. Some of these include contact tracers, Team Supervisors for health departments working on collecting data, and Community Support Specialists.
CSS also recently launched an online learning platform, called "SkillUp", for free, which includes a variety of programs.
"It has over 5,000 online courses, it's got some great opportunities from your soft skills -- like how to remember how to show up to work on time -- type of coursework for folks that are really beginning their career, all the way up to some project management certifications," Porter explains.
While the coronavirus pandemic currently has people out of work, officials say it's best to stay prepared.
"We also need to be looking for the future and improving ourselves and reattaching because at some point, this is going to break and we're going to need to kind of be ready," Porter adds.
Additional information can be found on the CSS Workforce New York website and Facebook page. The link for the free online training site can also be found below:
CSS SKILLUP: http://css.skillupamerica.org/