Improving the job search process, preparing for career certification, raising college entrance test scores, and improving 21st century basic skills are all possible with just the click of a mouse at the Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls) and Marshalltown Community College libraries.
The 2012 legislature directed Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) to provide $150,000 in funding to Iowa Library Services/State Library "for the purpose of licensing an online resource which prepares persons to succeed in the workplace through programs which improve job skills and vocational test-taking abilities." Thanks to the funding from IWD, LearningExpress Library will be available at no charge to all Iowa public and academic libraries for all of 2013.
Students and community members can visit the ECC or MCC libraries, log on to a computer, and enjoy free, unlimited access to interactive skill-building courses in math, reading and writing, as well as a broad range of practice tests based on official exams such as the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB Core, and EMT Basic, as well as firefighter, police officer, paramedic, Allied Healthcare, U.S. citizenship, postal worker, cosmetology, and real estate agent and broker exams. The service is available 24/7 from any Internet-enabled computer in a library or at home.
The LearningExpress Library online platform provides more than 770 of the most up-to-date test preparation and skill-building resources, helping both students and adults prepare for a wide range of academic and career-oriented exams, as well as improve basic skills in reading, writing and math. In addition, job skills tutorials are available to assist in creating a resume, honing interviewing techniques, and improving business communications. Library patrons also have the option of selecting from more than 130 e-book titles to help learners of all ages prepare for success. The platform includes self-paced study, instant scoring and diagnostic feedback.
For more information about this exciting new service, call or visit the ECC Osgood Library in Iowa Falls or MCC's B.J. Harrison Library in Marshalltown.