The first computer training class 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 took place at the Burlington County Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 11. The classes at the library are offered through Burlington County Community College and focus on the basic computer skills needed by every job applicant today to make them more confident and self sufficient.
“I’m looking to expand my worth to employers,” said Mark Karas of Willingboro when asked how he hoped taking the class would benefit him. “I hope to be able to increase my understanding of the computer beyond where I am at this point.”
“Computer skills are essential,” added Mary Maietta of Riverside. “I hope to upgrade my skills to help find part time employment.”
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 will deliver training using its existing curriculum throughout the state. All courses are given at a basic user level, are 4 hours and built around workforce development skills.
In the photo (front row from left) Richard O’Hara, Instructor Laurie Steidle, Robert Alcorn, (second row) Mark Karas and A. Lee Gray.