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UpSkill Tulare County promotes training and advancement practices to help businesses and workers stay competitive. The UpSkill training initiative helps businesses increase the skills of entry level workers while promoting advancement in the workplace.

How does it work:

  • UpSkill provides funds to cover the cost of the training courses, instructors, and materials.

  • UpSkill works with businesses to identify desired skill sets that will make employees more competitive.

  • UpSkill partners with local trainers to provide technical and soft skills training courses.

  • Businesses can send current employees through any of the 9 approved training courses.

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Why Participate in UpSkill?

“The reasons vary, but frequently employers tell us they are looking to equip their workers with the emerging skills they need in the workplace so both the workers and the business can succeed.”  (Jaime Fall, Upskill America)

Electric Motor Shop and Supply sent 7 employees to the Essential Workplace Skills training and 3 additional employees to the Front-Line Supervisor training. “This training provides an opportunity for growth for my current and upcoming Supervisors, met a need of the company for internal improvement, and satisfies my desire to promote from within.” (Rodney Wilson) 
JoAnn West Coast Distribution Center was having a difficult time finding training due to budgetary constraints. “We know we have team members who have potential, but they need training to polish their skills. We are not able to provide that training internally. We are always looking for ways to engage our employees. This is a good way to build team strength and increase morale.” (Bruce Nicotero, General Manager)

Upcoming Training Dates

2020 Dates TBD

2020 Dates TBD

Approved Trainings

Essential Workplace Skills

Hours Per Trainee: 24

This course is designed for entry level employees or with staff who lack basic essential skills in areas such as problem solving, communication, teamwork, attitude/manners, social responsibility, and organization. 

Front Line Supervisor

Hours Per Trainee: 36

The Front Line Supervisory Academy is designed to help new or seasoned super-visors in the manufacturing field develop themselves with current and proven leadership strategies. The Supervisory Academy will enhance your abilities and provide proven tools and strategies to move beyond the definition of “boss.”

Introduction to Lean Systems

Hours Per Trainee: 8

This class is designed to provide participants with the knowledge of Lean principles, as well as typical Lean tools and methods, so they can begin their Lean exploration. Lean is a management philosophy. The fundamental idea of Lean is to maximize customer value while minimizing wast. Eliminating or minimizing inefficiencies along entire value streams, instead of at isolated points, creates processes that are easier, better, faster and less expensive and with much fewer defects, compared with traditional systems. 

Emergency Medical Technician

(EMT Refresher Course Health Care)

Hours Per Trainee: 8

The goal of this refresher course is to help students maintain skills in recognition of symptoms of illness and/or injury and proper procedures for emergency care. Course covers preparatory practice, airway, OB, infant, children, medical behavior,and trauma. Can include emergency driving, HAZMAT, ambulance operations, and incident command system.

Preventive Controls for Human Foods Training

Hours Per Trainee: 20

This Preventive Controls for Human Foods Regulation training is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/process, placking and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. This course is developed by the FSPCA and is the "standard curriculum" recognized by FDA and fulfills the FSMA requirement for a PCQ / (Reventive Controls Qualified Individual).

Business Writing

Hours Per Trainee: 6

In this training, you will learn how to be a professional writer, tackling everything from grammar to spelling. Learn how to write in a business-like manner, writing up quality emails and memos that are succinct and polite, conveying the tone and message you intend. This Business Writing class is organized into two training modules of 3 hours each or can be completed in a single 6-hour module.


  1. Most Common Spelling Errors

  2. Commas and Apostrophes

  3. Email Etiquette and Examples

  4. Taking Minutes

  5. Grammar

  6. How to Proofread

  7. Clarity: Transitions, Fluidity of Ideas, conveying Tone

  8. E-mail Review

Microsoft Word

Hours Per Trainee: 6

:In this training, you will learn not only the basics of Microsoft Word, but the numerous features of Microsoft Word such as creating tables, labels and merge. Discover how to make this program work for you and make your documents clear and efficient. Each Microsoft Word Level (Basic/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advance) is offered in two modules of 3 hours each for a total of 6 hours per level.



  1. Navigating a Document

  2. Using Numbered Bulleted Lists

  3. Introducing Mail Merge

  4. Introducing Tables

  5. Sorting Data in Table

  6. Using Templates

  7. Creating a Business Report

  8. Inserting Headers/Footers and comments




  1. Inserting Section Break and Setting up Columns

  2. Formatting Text with Styles

  3. Using Special Characters

  4. Watermarks

  5. Tracking Changes and Reviewing a Document

  6. Saving and Sending Files

  7. Embedding and Linking Excel Objects

  8. Using Excel as a Mail Merge Data Source

Basic Math for Manufacturing

Hours Per Trainee: 24

This course will help students understand the fundamentals of math in a way that is engaging, interesting, and relevant. The content of the course will enable students to learn and apply mathematics concepts to everyday practical applications tradesman encounter on daily basis. Course covers basic calculation, measurement, decimals, basic geometry and trigonometry for the workplace.

Restorative Nursing Assistant (RNA) 

Hours Per Trainee: 8

This class is designed for to provide CNA's comprehensive training in the rehabilitation process. These training's are available in a two day class.  ​

  1. Anatomy and Aging

  2. Cognition

  3. Communication and Hearing

  4. Dysphagia & Eating

  5. Joint Mobility

  6. Orthopedic Case Study

  7. ADL Training

  8. Funcational Mobility

  9. Neurological Case Study

Restorative Nursing Assistant (RNA) 

Hours Per Trainee: 8

This class is designed for to provide CNA's comprehensive training in the rehabilitation process. These training's are available in a two day class.  ​

  1. Anatomy and Aging

  2. Cognition

  3. Communication and Hearing

  4. Dysphagia & Eating

  5. Joint Mobility

  6. Orthopedic Case Study

  7. ADL Training

  8. Funcational Mobility

  9. Neurological Case Study

Leadership Academy

Hours Per Trainee: 42

This class is designed to provide training in seven modules. 

  1. Employee Engagement

  2. Leadership Essentials

  3. Integrity & Ethics

  4. Generational Diversity

  5. Emotional intelligence

  6. Authentic Leadership

  7. Managing Personalities

Microsoft Excel

Hours Per Trainee: 6

In this training, you will learn how to use one of the most popular and useful Microsoft programs to build formulas and work with large amounts of data. Learn how to do calculations and use formulas in Excel to make your life easier and more efficient. Each Excel level (basic, intermediate and advanced) is offered in two modules of 3 hours each for a total of 6 hours per level.



  1. Overview of Excel

  2. Entering and Editing Data

  3. Formatting Cells

  4. Autofill

  5. Worksheet Calculations

  6. Inserting Rows/Columns & hiding

  7. Functions and Formulas

  8. Charts

  9. Importing & Exporting

  10. Sort & Filter

Microsoft PowerPoint

Hours Per Trainee: 6

In this training, you will learn how to utilize all of the features in Microsoft PowerPoint to create a vibrant, engaging presentation. Discover all of the features of the presentation software, such as slide design, embedding video and music, animations and more. The MS Power Point training is a 6-hour class that can be separated into two 3-hour modules if needed.


  1. Using Document Themes

  2. Formatting Your Presentation

  3. Working with Graphics

  4. Using Slide Animation

  5. Working with Multimedia

  6. Inserting Charts

  7. Creating SmartArt Diagrams

  8. Using Hyperlinks in Presentations

Microsoft Outlook

Hours Per Trainee: 6

In this training, you will learn how to take advantage of all of the facets of Microsoft Outlook. You will not only discover the dynamic features of your inbox and email, but go over how to use Outlook Tasks, People management and Calendar. The MS Outlook training is a 6-hour class that can be delivered in two three hour modules if needed.


  1. Introduction to Outlook 2016

  2. Getting Started with Outlook Email

  3. Organizing Messages

  4. Working with Contacts and Contact Groups

  5. Exploring the Calendar

  6. Working with Notes

  7. Working with Tasks

  8. Integrating with Word and Mobile Devices

  • What is Rapid Response?
    Rapid Response is a series of customized, confidential, and convenient services for businesses during downsizing and restructuring. It is a cooperative effort between the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), America’s Job Center of California, and the Employment Development Department (EDD) to enable affected workers to return to work as quickly as possible following a layoff, by connecting them to training and employment opportunities.
  • What is a Rapid Response Orientation?
    Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, employers in Tulare County must inform the WIB of layoffs and plant closures. Once the WIB receives a layoff notice from an employer, the Rapid Response team meets with the company and schedules a Rapid Response Orientation for the company’s affected workers. At the Orientation, the Rapid Response team presents information about resources available to help laid off workers. Resources may include information about Unemployment Insurance, services and resources at the Employment Connection, temporary rental and mortgage assistance, and health care insurance. During a Rapid Response Orientation, affected workers get the opportunity to learn about all of these resources from a team made up of dedicated experts. These presentations are typically held at the employer locations, but can be done at a nearby facility.
  • How does a Rapid Response Orientation benefit an employer?
    Providing Rapid Response services to your workers during layoffs or plant closures results in multiple benefits to employers, including: Higher productivity and worker morale, and lower absenteeism during layoff event due to reduced stress. Lower unemployment insurance costs as workers are re-employed more quickly when services begin prior to layoff. Decreased likelihood of sabotage or work disruptions. Better public relations for an employer. Rapid Response can work with the media to highlight services an employer is providing to its workers during a layoff period.
  • What is a WARN?
    A California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) is a layoff notice from an employer. A WARN provides protection to employees, their families and communities by requiring employers to give affected employees and other state and local representatives notice 60 days in advance of a plant closing or mass layoff. Advance notice provides employees and their families time to transition and adjust to the prospective loss of employment, time to seek alternative jobs and, if necessary, time to obtain skills training to successfully compete in the job market. Please click here for an overview of the general parameters of the law.
  • When does an employer need to file a WARN?
    In California, employers must file a WARN if they are a “covered establishment” that employs 75 or more employees (part-time or full-time) during any 30-day period. Any plant closure or layoff that affects 50 or more workers within a 30-day period must be reported, regardless of the size of the company as a whole. Notification of layoffs and plant closures must occur at least 60 days in advance, or be subject to fines and worker compensation. Please click here for an overview of the general parameters of the law.
  • How does an employer file a WARN?
    An employer must first notify employees of the upcoming layoff. Then, the employer must submit a WARN to the local Workforce Development Board (Tulare County Workforce Investment Board), local elected officials (chief elected officials of the city and county governments in which the employer is located) and EDD. For a list of WARN recipients in Tulare County, click here. All notices must be submitted in writing to the EDD and the chief elected official of the local government, and must include the following:: Name and address of the employment site where the plant closing or mass layoff will occur. Name and phone number of a company official to contact for further information. Statement as to whether the planned action is expected to be permanent or temporary and, if the entire plant is to be closed. Expected date of the first separation, and the anticipated schedule for subsequent separations. Job titles of positions to be affected, and the number of employees to be laid off in each job classification. For multiple lay-off locations, provide a breakdown of the number of affected employees and their job titles by each lay-off location. Indication as to whether or not bumping rights exist. Name of each union representing affected employees. (if applicable) Name and address of the chief elected officer of each union. (if applicable) Click here to view a sample WARN notice.
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