The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 14, 2013

Camanche Library offers career enhancement

Hundreds of academic-oriented courses and practice tests available at library

By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer

CAMANCHE — 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 Camanche Public Library.

More than 770 academic-oriented courses and practice tests are available online through the local library.

The 2012 Legislature directed Iowa Workforce Development 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.

“This is a big help, especially because Iowa Workforce closed,” Librarian Beth Thilmany said. “It’s a good resource to practice important skills like writing a resume.”

Visit the library, 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 hours a day from any Internet-enabled computer, not only at the library, but also at home.

“It allows adults to brush up on their skills and gives students a chance to prepare for college exams,” Thilmany said. “There are so many valuable tests and assessments, I haven’t even gotten the chance to explore them all yet.”

The LearningExpress Library online platform provides 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.

These programs became available a month ago, but library staff are working hard to get the word out. For more information about this new service, call 259-1106, or visit the Camanche Public Library.