McCracken County Public Library offering free digital skills courses

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – Since reaching a historic high in 2020, the unemployment rate has gradually started to come back down in Kentucky.  The Kentucky Center for Statistics gave the seasonal adjusted preliminary unemployment rate, showing it is now at 4.0%. That’s slightly higher than last month when Kentucky reported the lowest unemployment rate in its history at 3.9%.

Some county leaders are now asking, what can they do to help this rate continue to go down.

The McCracken County Public Library is offering free digital skills courses. The library is a Grow with Google partner, a program in which Google provides a few classes where you can get the resources you need to help find a job. It also provides help searching for jobs. The program teaches how to write a proper resume and how to use different technology, including computers, laptops, and cell phones.

“We help people in the labs too one on one so we have had people come back and say I printed off my resume here and I got the job that I wanted. So that was a really good feeling,” said Emily Steele with the McCracken County Public Library.

Steele says the classes are popular with the community. She says it is beneficial to the public to have these resources available.

“I have a lot of people who keep coming back to other classes,” she added. “So that’s how I know they’re getting something out of that.”

Steele says the courses are completely free and you don’t have to have a library card to take advantage of them.

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