BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Workforce expert Pat Hobbs says a new initiative has been launched that allows Cameron County residents to upgrade or learn new skills at their own pace from any computer with internet access. 

Hobbs, executive director of Workforce Solutions Cameron, says residents in the county have an opportunity to enroll for online courses through Skill Up Cameron. 

Workforce Solutions Cameron is the workforce development board for Cameron County. Hobbs said that as part of Skill Up Cameron, his agency is sponsoring Metrix Learning, an initiative that allows local workers to sign up for education courses that complement their work environment in order to continue furthering their employment skills.  

“The Metrix online learning system can be used to help our residents learn new skills and earn certificates or prepare for certifications,” Hobbs said. “It is accessible around the clock to anyone with high-speed internet access or at any of the workforce centers located throughout Cameron County. People can work at their own pace through a variety of courses that teach both technical and soft skills.” 

Hobbs said Cameron County residents can join this E-Learning platform and explore career pathways in 10 industries with over 200 occupations, access free certification courses, and obtain the skills employers are looking for in their workers. 

He said residents who sign up can choose from over 6,000 courses and earn certificates and digital badges in areas such as Microsoft Word & Excel, HIPAA, Human Resources, Retail, Hospitality, Accounting, Food Industry Standards, Leadership and Team Building, and Project Management. Certificates, for those eligible, can also be earned in computer and IT fields such as Networking, CompTIA, Windows, Adobe and Information Security. 

Whether employed, unemployed, or underemployed, the Metrix E-Learning platform delivers a convenient course experience to anyone using this system to earn certificates to verify their skill sets to their current or potential employers, Hobbs explained, pointing out that the initiative provides a free license to users of the Skill Up Cameron initiative for six-months and up to 180 days. 

“If anyone would like to learn more about this initiative or to request a login, they should visit, Hobbs said. 

Editor’s Note: For more information about Skill Up Cameron and Matrix Learning, contact Sally Perez, chief program officer for Workforce Solutions Cameron, via email at [email protected], or phone at 956-548-6700.

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