Customers of the Santa Maria Public Library can now access a suite of online programs focused on professional training, skill building, test preparation, and professional development funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

The online service group, called CAreer Pathways, is free to all California library users for at least the next year, according to city spokesman Mark van de Kamp.

Customers have access to services from top online training companies including Coursera, GetSetUp, LearningExpress, LinkedIn Learning, Northstar Digital Literacy, and Skillshare. The programs are available in several languages ​​and are accessible with a library card.

Residents can access the aforementioned programs by visiting and selecting the Employment resources option listed under the Search tab on the left side of the page. Resources will also be shared more prominently on the library’s webpage over the next few weeks.

An annual subscription to a handful of these services would normally cost more than $ 1,000, demonstrating the value of free access, van de Kamp said.

The program is in part sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for libraries and museums across the country.

Questions can be directed to the Santa Maria Public Library Information Desk at 805-925-0994, ext. 8562.


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