Bucks County Community College is offering free job skills training to county residents thanks to a $420,000 grant. The money, which comes from coronavirus pandemic relief funds, will go directly to the college’s Center of Workforce Development.

The coronavirus pandemic has left millions without jobs and Bucks is no exception. Recent lockdowns forced many businesses to lay off employees or close permanently.

This new funding will help to train these individuals who lost their jobs and are ready to get back into the workforce.

The Bucks County Commissioners allocated the grant money to BCCC from federal CARES Act funds.

A BCCC student learns how to interpret, design, and operate relay control circuits. Image via BCCC.

“The COVID crisis has been such a burden on residents, families and the work force of Bucks County,” said Bucks County Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo. “We are so grateful for the ability to make these funds available for such a worthwhile cause.”

Any Bucks County resident who has been affected economically by the pandemic can get job training under this program for free.

Classes will be online and hybrid, as some programs require an in-person, hands-on environment.

There are four “Speed to Skill” programs available. They include:

  • metalwork training,
  • electro-mechanical industrial maintenance training,
  • Microsoft Office technology and customer service specialist support certification,
  • and the new bookkeeping with QuickBooks certification.

Potential applicants can find more information at bucks.edu/wfd. This site has links to each program and a link to sign up.