Middlesex Libraries Offer Computer Classes For Jobseekers

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Computer training classes to help job seekers improve their computer and job search skills under the NJ State Library’s $5.1 million Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant are underway in Middlesex County at the libraries in Woodbridge, Jamesburg, Carteret and South Amboy.

The classes are offered through Middlesex County College and focus on the basic computer skills needed by every job applicant to make them more confident and self-sufficient.

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The block of four classes scheduled at the South Brunswick Library were completed on April 27. Attendees gave high marks to the program and the instructors. “These computer classes are really what is needed in today’s job searching,” said Annette Milton of Somerset. “The resume writing class gave me the information I need to write a resume based on what employers are looking for.”

Jim Wheeler, a retired sheet metal worker from Monmouth Junction agreed, “I’m now able to write an effective resume and go on the Internet to look for jobs. When the job market improves, I’ll be ready.” “These classes will definitely make me more competitive in the job market,” added Ian Boyd of Kendall Park.

The training is an element of the State Library’s BTOP Project, “New Jersey Libraries – Anchor Institutions as Instruments of Recovery,” being funded through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The State Library’s goal is to make New Jersey’s libraries strategic job-creating facilities by adding computer workstations, upgrading Internet connectivity, and providing job search assistance and workforce development programs.

A consortium of New Jersey’s community colleges are providing computer training classes using existing curriculum throughout the state. All courses are given at a basic user level, are 4 hours and built around workforce development skills.

Remaining classes will be held at the Sadie Pope Dowdell Library, South Amboy on May 10th & 12th, 24th & 26th, June 14th & June 16th from 6-8 p.m. Call 1-732-721-6060 to register.

Classes at the Carteret Public Library begin May 3rd. Call for times and to register at 1-732-541-3830.

Classes at the Jamesburg Public Library begin May 16th with day and evening classes. Call 1-732-521-0440 for times and registration.

Evening classes begin in Woodbridge on May 2. Call 1-732-634-4450 for registration and dates.

Henry Garcia, computer instructor at Middlesex County College, teaches a class on the Internet and e-mail usage at the South Brunswick Public Library. The NJ State Library funded classes will be held at other libraries throughout Middlesex County. (Photo courtesy of NJ State Library)


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