Workforce Spotlight

Shippensburg University Helping Businesses and Community Adapt to New Workforce Realities

November 11, 2020

Remote work and new business realities necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t likely to go away any time soon, and the quick shifts in these areas have left many workers, businesses and job seekers with a need to learn new skills. Shippensburg University is responding to these needs through new trainings designed to assist those working remotely and small businesses and job-seekers that are navigating a new, increasingly digital environment. These trainings will be short, non-credit and virtual to offer the maximum amount of flexibility.

 

Four-year institutions have traditionally been somewhat lacking in the area of workforce development training, but new realities incurred by the pandemic, such as job loss and new ways of working and doing business, have made it a necessity for Shippensburg University to rapidly grow in this area, as stewards to our region. The Remote Work Skills series started from conversations about regional needs with industry leaders from Shippensburg University’s President’s Industry Roundtable. Many workers that had never worked remotely before the pandemic could use training on “how to become a remote worker” that considers the digital skills, foundational skills and mental health aspects of this new work environment.

 

An initial set of Remote Work Skills trainings was offered in August with topics including self-management, time-management, and organization for working remotely, as well as leading remote teams.

 

Shippensburg Brings Community Together

Trainings of this kind represent a continued community need, as some businesses now consider permanent or semi-permanent remote work arrangements. The need for this training has led to a partnership with Downtown Organizations Investing Together in Shippensburg to offer this training free of charge through CARES Act grant funding. With this funding opportunity, Shippensburg University is also expanding the offerings of the Remote Work Skills series to specifically focus on job-seekers in the remote environment. The trainings for job-seekers were an expressed need through ongoing conversations with the South Central Workforce Investment Board, and are designed to help job-seekers both prepare for a remote work job opportunity and search for opportunities in a virtual world.

 

In addition to working remotely, many brick and mortar small businesses are also navigating a new business environment where a strong virtual presence is vital to success. In this regard, Shippensburg will also be holding a series of digital marketing sessions in December to help businesses respond online during the holiday season. These trainings will focus on practical ideas for improving web and social media presence through basic search engine optimization, user experience, and content marketing techniques.

 

Exciting New Offerings!

The Remote Work Skills trainings are an exciting initial step for Shippensburg University towards greatly expanding workforce and community development training initiatives.

 

Additional upcoming training and professional development topics include:

 

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Certified Bookkeeping Exam Preparation
  • Human Resources Certification Exam Preparation

 

Shippensburg will also be publishing a non-credit catalog for the FIRST time, which should be available online by the end of 2020.

 

Contact us for more information

If you are interested in learning more about the Remote Work Skills series or other planned Shippensburg University trainings, please get in touch with Workforce and Continuing Education Coordinator Natalie Toma at ndtoma@ship.edu.

 

Shippensburg University is also open for customized training opportunities utilizing Shippensburg University faculty for your business’s training needs. Please contact Mark Chimel at mschimel@ship.edu to discuss customized solutions. Shippensburg’s Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education can also be reached by phone at 717.477.1502.