Did you just start a new job and need help writing a formal email? Maybe you already have a job, but you want to upskill and apply for that new position. Perhaps you are just a life-long learner who enjoys exploring the world of online education. The New Castle-Henry County Public Library provides a wonderful free resource to help anyone, at any level, achieve or master a new skill set. According to the webinar: “Libraries and Workforce Development” almost “one-third of America’s workers lack digital skills.” GCFLearnFree.org might be the solution to raise the digital skill level of those workers.

GCFLearnFree.org is a program created by Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. (GIENC). “For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.”

You may be asking yourself, “Self, how do I find this amazing site?” Well, from our home page, click on “Resources” and you will see GCFLearnFree.org as a link under “Adult Learning.” Once that page opens up in a new browser window, you will see four main categories the website has prepared for you: Technology, Work, Core Skills, and Reading & Math. There is also an option to browse by clicking on “All Topics” on the right-hand side. Simply click on the one you want to explore.

The best part is that it is all self-paced. You can take your time or fly through the tutorials. Many of them link out to outside resources so you can further your training. 

The tutorials are also available in ten different languages so if English isn’t your native language, there is a huge possibility that you will be able to access the tutorials in your native tongue. 

Whether you want to learn how to write a superb resume to snag that dream job or study for the GED/TASC test, GCFLearnFree.org can assist you with those skills and many more! For more information, visit the Reference Desk or email us at reference@nchcpl.org.

Written by Stephanie