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Welcome to the Department of Public Social Services Skill Building Program. This training program is provided by The County of Los Angeles Public Library Adult and Digital Services Department.

In a continued effort to foster an environment that encourages our employees to realize their full potential, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Public Library, the following curriculum has been designed to support personal and professional development for DPSS staff.

Use your DPSS email account when registering for classes. All classes are free with a County of Los Angeles Public Library Card.

Please send questions or concerns to or contact Shane Bao, Staff Development Specialist (562) 345-7797 or send an email to:

Online Courses Provides a vast library of streaming online instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, is a high-quality resource for anyone looking to learn new skills in a wide range of subjects.
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Gale Courses: Offers a wide range of free online classes, led by expert instructors that you can take entirely online. New sessions begin every month and run for six weeks. You can take as many classes as you like.
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LearningExpress Library:LearningExpress Library offers students and adults unlimited, 24/7 access to targeted skill–building interactive courses in math, reading, writing and much, much more.
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Universal Class has nearly 500 online classes taught by real instructors. A diverse range of subjects including computers, business, home & garden, health, technology and many more. You may start a class at any time.
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Gale Courses
LearningExpress Library
Universal Class
Math Refresher Math Fundamentals 1 Basic Math 101
Introduction to Algebra Basic Math Tutorial Math All-in-One (Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry)


Writing and Grammar

Gale Courses
LearningExpress Library
Universal Class
Grammar Refresher Grammar Practice 1 ABC's of English Grammar
Writing Essentials Grammar Practice 2 Grammar and Punctuation
The Keys to Effective Editing Writing Practice Writing Basic 101 - Spelling


Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary

Gale Courses
LearningExpress Library
Universal Class
Merril Ream Speed Reading Vocabulary and Spelling 1 Speed Reading
Vocabulary and Spelling 2 Vocabulary Building
Spelling 101
Reading Comprehension
Typing and Keyboarding 101

Contact Information

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