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Employment Skills Center to offer free digital literacy class

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The Employment Skills Center in Carlisle.

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier was joined by Rep. Patty Kim, Sen. Christine Tartaglione, and Elementary Coffee owner Andrea Grove to call for an increase to Pennsylvania's outdated minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15 by 2027. This increase - the first since 2009 - will benefit working families and local economies and boost the incomes of more than 1.1 million Pennsylvania workers. "Over the past decade, prices for food, housing, education, childcare, and other critical needs have increased significantly while the minimum wage earned by Pennsylvanians has remained stagnant," said Acting Secretary Berrier. "While every state surrounding us has recognized this loss of purchasing power and increased their minimum wage, we have continued to fall further behind. Now many Pennsylvanians are facing job loss and have no savings because they were working jobs that paid too little to allow them to set aside money for emergencies. We cannot let this crisis continue - we need to raise our minimum wage now and allow hardworking Pennsylvanians the dignity of providing for themselves."

The Employment Skills Center in Carlisle announced that it will offer a free digital literacy class for adults looking to learn computer skills for a new career path.

The new program was made possible through a state Department of Labor & Industry grant designed to help job seekers develop digital literacy skills needed to be successful in today’s workforce. The Employment Skills Center in partnership with SCPa Works and Harrisburg University was awarded the grant.

Residents of Cumberland County can take the classes, which will include instruction in digital literacy, internet and computer safety, software applications and workplace skills. Participants will also be eligible to receive support services, along with job search, resume and application assistance with the help of Cumberland County CareerLink.

The first two classes will be offered between Sept. 27 and Oct. 7 and from Nov. 8 to Nov. 18.

Those interested in participating can call the Employment Skills Center at 717-243-6040 or visit employmentskillscenter.org.

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