Library awarded grants from DOL for job seekers and adult education career readiness
(Mullica Hill, NJ) – The Gloucester County Library System has been awarded two grants from the New Jersey Department of Labor, Division of Labor and Workforce Development, that will aid residents in job searches and career readiness.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "These grants are very competitive and I am proud that the Library was able to obtain this funding. The library staff collaborated with other county entities like our college and Workforce Development Board to win this award."
Freeholder Lyman Barnes, liaison to the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS), said, “Our community libraries will become user-friendly centers where residents can take advantage of librarian's assistance, trained in a specialized career search website, to find a job or enroll in a program to become job ready."
The Career Guidance and Job Search Assistance Services will be provided from a $50,000 grant that will fund a computer workstation at the Glassboro Branch of GCLS specifically dedicated to the Department of Labor’s New Career Connections web site, and a librarian who will be available 25 hours per week to assist job seekers in using site. The service is open to all job-seekers, and is expected to be available beginning in the summer of 2016.
The second grant will fund classes taught by Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) instructors and provide eight hours per week of County Workforce staff to assist in employment opportunities for individuals who participate in the program.
Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to the Workforce Development Board, said, “These new programs will pool the resources of the Library, RCGC and county Workforce Development staff to empower participants with vital tools they need to become ready for employment.”
The Adult Literacy & Community Library Partnership Pilot Training Grant Program in the amount of $60,000 will fund classes to be held at the Glassboro and Swedesboro branches of GCLS, in collaboration with Rowan College at Gloucester County, the Gloucester County Workforce Development Board, and Literacy New Jersey of Gloucester County. Three 14-week programs will be offered at each site. At the Swedesboro Branch, GCLS will offer English as a Second Language (ESL) Career Readiness programming; the Glassboro Branch will offer Adult Education Career Readiness. Direct instruction will be provided by instructors from Rowan College at Gloucester County. Adult Literacy program participants must meet program requirements and be registered with the American Job Center (formerly One-Stop Career Center). Classes are expected to begin in the summer of 2016.