Three Ocean County Library branches will present ten additional classes in January to assist people looking for a job.
The classes follow an original offering of courses that were sponsored through the New Jersey State Library’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Project, or BTOP. It is funded by a $5.1 million federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant and a $1.65 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The classes will be offered at the Jackson, Lakewood and Toms River branches.
The classes will help participants learn to prepare resumes and cover letters, locate job information on the Internet, and use email and attachments during job searches. They will also teach people basic word processing skills using Microsoft Word.
The instructors can also help people whose computer skills range from only being able to manipulate a mouse to performing advanced tasks.
One of the classes, “Basic Word and Email for Job Seekers,” will be offered in Spanish at the Lakewood branch.
In addition to sponsoring the classes, BTOP also provided funds for the libraries to purchase computers and upgrade connectivity to the Internet.
The schedule for the January classes includes:
Wed., 1/18; 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Toms River branch, Basic Windows and Internet Explorer for Job Seekers
Thurs., 1/19; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Jackson branch, Basic Windows and Internet Explorer for Job Seekers
Fri., 1/20; 1 – 5 p.m. in the Jackson branch, Basic Email and Word for Job Seekers
Sat., 1/21; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Toms River branch, Basic Email and Word for Job Seekers
Mon., 1/23; 6 – 8 p.m. in the Lakewood branch, Using the Internet for Job Seekers
Tues., 1/24; 6 – 8 p.m. in the Lakewood branch, Using E-Mail for Job Seekers
Wed., 1/25; 1 – 5 p.m. in the Jackson branch, Using the Internet for Job Seekers
Thurs., 1/26; 1 – 5 p.m. in the Toms River branch, Basic Email and Word for Job Seekers
Fri., 1/27; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Lakewood branch, Basic Word & Email (in Spanish) for Job Seekers
Sat., 1/28; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Toms River branch, Using the Internet for Job Seekers
Additional information for job seekers can be found at njworks.org .
The programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to register for this program go to the library’s Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the operator (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.
Please be aware that some programs may have waiting lists or may be at capacity at the time of your call. People are encouraged to register early.
Ocean County Library has additional resources to assist people in their job search. Visit your local branch to setup an appointment with a qualified staff member.