Computer training for job seekers

Essex County College, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Library, will offer free classes to job seekers at the Belleville Public Library to improve their computer and job search skills.  The classes will focus on basic computer skills needed by today’s job applicants, making them more confident and self-sufficient.  All courses, delivered at a basic user level, are 2-4 hours long and built around workforce development skills.

Classes are scheduled as follows:

Word Processing  – Jan. 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Windows  – Jan. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Internet  – Jan. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Email  – Jan. 20 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Patrons may take as many classes as they wish.  There will be a half hour break between classes.

To register for classes or for more information, call the Circulation Desk at 973-450-3434.

The training comes as part of a $5.1 million National Telecommunications and Information Administration American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to support the New Jersey State Library’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP).   The program’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 will deliver training using its existing curriculum.  Additional online content and training developed by New Jersey Network will also be available.  More than 5 million New Jersey residents will be served through this initiative.







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