New center to help job seekers
It's hard to get noticed by potential employers without proper computer skills. Now as our Lori Chung reports, residents in and around Port Jervis are getting some help to compete in the job market.
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PORT JERVIS, N.Y. -- The Port Jervis Free Library will now be teaching job skills, specifically, computer skills, and to anyone who wants to learn.
"We're going to have a class about Skype" said Stacy Joergle-Gildea, “Word, Excel, Access."
Those classes will be held at the library's new public computer center, equipped with 16 computers to improve workforce development.
"I think it will serve the purpose of those that are unemployed or underemployed, helping them find appropriate work for themselves" said Library Director Beverly Arlequeeuw.
The library held a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the new facility which was paid by a $244,000 state grant. Officials say the Port Jervis Library was chosen because of the need in the community.
"There is not an employer, from Mc Donald's to Wal-Mart to Joe's Gas Station that doesn't require some type of either online application or digital literacy" said Mary Ann Stiefvater, New York State Library Development Representative.
"Andrew Cuomo in his State of State address said it's about jobs, jobs, jobs and we're going to do everything we can to create private sector jobs" said Sen. John Bonacic, (R) Mt. Hope. "This is the infrastructure."
All the instruction at the center will be free. In fact, anyone can sit with one of the technology trainers for specialized instruction.
"Right off the street, with no appointment" said Joergle-Gildea who will run the center. "They can just come right in and they'll have a one-on-one session with one of the trainers."
That's the kind of access folks at the library hope will get everyone up to speed.