Bucks seeks applicants for free training to re-skill dislocated workers

Microsoft Office Technology and Customer Service Specialist course starts Oct. 28

To help close the gap between worker skills and employer demand, Bucks County Community College is offering a seven-week office technology training program for unemployed or underemployed people beginning Oct. 28.

“Last year, about 1,000 workers in Bucks County were displaced through no fault of their own because of the loss of retail jobs,” said Susan Herring, executive director of the college’s Center for Workforce Development. “Add to that reductions in other industries, and many people are finding they just don’t have the in-demand skills that employers need.”

The Microsoft Office Technology and Customer Service Specialist course – or MOTCSS – is ideal for individuals who are comfortable working with computers and looking to start a new career in office administration or customer service. Efforts will be made to connect those who successfully complete the program with local employers.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Bucks County Workforce Development Board and PA CareerLink to provide marketable skills to displaced workers looking to re-tool and re-energize their careers,” said Herring. “Employers across all industries need people with the office technology and soft skills this program provides.”

The workforce training program is supported by a $1.7 million federal grant awarded to the Bucks County Workforce Development Board. The program aims to assist dislocated workers in gaining the skills necessary to change careers. Training is free to those who qualify through PA CareerLink. Those who don’t qualify for free training may enroll by paying tuition.

The Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks is located at 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol.

Interested applicants must undergo a brief interview to determine if they are suitable for the program. For more information, contact Bridget Hughes at Bridget.Hughes@bucks.edu or visit bucks.edu/businesscareer/microsofttech