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Mandel Public Library of west palm beach
It all started with making that library serving a population of approximately 100,000.
at our local Workforce Alliance.
Workforce Alliance had the expertise to assist the unemployed but did not have the time, staff or space to offer the scope of computer classes needed.
People who arrived there with no computer experience struggled as they needed a basic knowledge of computers before participating in job-search classes or even to apply for many jobs.
Our patrons either did not know about Workforce unemployed but did not have the time, staff or space to offer the scope of computer classes needed.
Alliance or for one reason or another left there discouraged.
Workforce Alliance required business attire, the lines were often long and there was no place for children.
We began to look at ways we could help each other.
We created new computer classes and workshops teaching basic computer and online skills related to the job search process which we hoped would prepare people to go to Workforce Alliance and take part in their activities…resulting in finding a job!
Staff at Workforce Alliance felt that this would allow them to streamline the experience of many of their participants saving valuable staff time and resources.
So, together we worked to address this pressing need in our community.
Two new classes: computer and online skills related to the job search process which we hoped would prepare people to go to Workforce Alliance and take part in their activities…resulting in finding a job!Basic Computer Skills for the Jobseeker: Basics of computer use including mousing, getting an email address and internet searching.Job Search 101: Taught how to use the Employ Florida website including many resources available online.
So what have we learned? What do we plan in the future? How can this be replicated by other libraries?
What did we learn? materials. Just give me a call or email:
Bottom line: We need to be able to provide support at point of service. People do not want, or in many cases, can’t wait until a class or workshop. They want help immediately!
2012 City Livability Award Video materials. Just give me a call or email: : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhVhcYWhhFk&list=UUIFRE52KDzhHFxla3igyRQg&index=0&feature=plcp
Janice Collins materials. Just give me a call or email:
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