Workforce Development

Washington Employment Security Department COVID-19 Information Page for workers.  Also see our Connecting with the Government page for more information on filing for unemployment and PPP.

ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry Full-text industry and trade magazines, journals, and newsletters with in-depth coverage of major industries, companies, products, trends, and more. Gain access to this resource with your Burlington Public Library Card.  If you do not have a card yet, sign up for the Digital Library Card to gain access.

Business.wa.gov offers small business guidance during the Coronavirus outbreak, from information on loans to what qualifies as an essential business.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources page has great information for small businesses trying to access the Families First Coronavirus Response Act sick, medical, and family leave and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security  (CARES) Act programs. They have also included a list of services that are available in the Burlington area, where you can access free Wi-Fi, public restrooms, parks, golf courses, and restaurants providing take out.    

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus pandemic. They are committed to providing consumers with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during this difficult time as the situation evolves. 

Digital Learn If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, Digital Learn have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed. Available in English and in Spanish!

The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County has created the EDASC COVID-19 Resource Guide for businesses and workers.  They provide information on utilities, small business and worker support, and even help finding employment.

Learning Express from EBSCO is now available for free through June 30th for free.  Access free career and test preparation! Use their cover letter and resume builders and use their site to practice for your interview.

Lynda.com Learn new skills with more than 4,000 video courses covering web design, software packages, business/management skills, graphic design, job/career skills, and more. Login using your Burlington Public Library card. This database is provided courtesy of Washington State Library. 

Mango Languages Learn a new language using interactive activities with courses in over 70 languages. Sign in using your Burlington Public Library Card.

Microsoft Imagine Academy Online learning covering 4 content areas: Microsoft Office applications, computer science, data science, and IT infrastructure. This resource is provided courtesy of Washington State Library.  

Pacific Mountain WorkForce Development Council (PACMTN) A nonprofit organization that is the recognized convener of regional workforce development efforts.  Their staff are dedicated to the development of a workforce system that supports business, industry, and all levels of employers and job seekers.

ReferenceUSA  A telephone and business directory useful for marketing, business research, and job searching.
This database is provided courtesy of the Port of Skagit. 

TabletWise has put together a collection of over 250 free eLearning courses that library patrons can learn from at no cost. Free courses cover a wide range of subject areas including Personal Development, Creative, Business, Health, etc. Users can register for a personal account to utilize the resource.

Washington Small Business Development Center has their own COVID-19 Survival Guide and webinars in their Business Resiliency Toolkit.

WorkSource A statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington.


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