The Alameda County Workforce Development Board

The Alameda County Workforce Development Board is encouraging job seekers to take advantage of Metrix Learning, an online training platform that assesses interests and skills gaps and then creates an individualized training plan. Access to the program is free.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy, Alameda’s unemployment rate topped 14.1% in April, up from 3.9% in March. More than 112,500 county residents were unemployed in April, compared to 32,700 in March.

With more than 5,000 available courses, Metrix can help job seekers and workers looking to improve skills, earn industry certificates, launch new careers, or earn promotions. Metrix allows participants to learn at their own pace, with clear training milestones, and earn certificates upon completion through customized badges.

The Workforce Development Board said more than 200 job seekers have taken advantage of Metrix, earning certification in such areas as Microsoft Office Specialist, Project Management, Six Sigma Green Belt, Information Systems Security Professional, Human Resource Management, QuickBooks, and Comp TIA A+.

Metrix is open to job seekers residing in Alameda County outside the city of Oakland. To register, go to https://acwdb.metrixlearning.com/sd/index_alameda.cfm.