Digital Skills Training Project provides access to computer training, workforce resources

The Atlantic City Free Public Library received $85,281 funding though the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Grants for New Jersey Public Libraries to support the implementation of the Atlantic City Library Digital Skills Training Project.
The goal of the Atlantic City Library Digital Skills Training Project is to provide convenient access to digital literacy skills, workforce training resources and personnel to increase the employability and job success for Atlantic City residents.
This project will provide digital literacy training through onsite classes at the Main Library and referrals to available online resources. Topics include Computer Basics, Microsoft Word, using email, Google Docs, computer software, and job search skills and resources. Onsite classes will be conducted by Atlantic Cape Community College.
There will also be self-paced learning opportunities in the Learning Center with the support and guidance of Digital Navigators. In addition, online self-paced learning will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for those who have internet access.
The Digital Navigators will be available to talk in person or by telephone to review available resources, register participants, and provide a computer skills assessment to determine a level of proficiency and recommend a path to digital literacy. After reaching proficiency in basic computer skills, participants will be referred to free training opportunities, including those offered through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and ACCC.
“Digital literacy is an essential first step to obtain training in skills to succeed in the workplace, but one of the challenges facing Atlantic City residents is the lack of convenient access to free training opportunities,” Library Director Robert Rynkiewicz said. “This project will address that need by compiling and providing online access to the extensive free training resources and providing a flexible and individualized approach to training.”
Those who have questions or would like to sign up for classes can visit the Main Library Help Desk or contact Project Coordinator Alissa Barrow at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3012. Also, online signups are available for the computer classes and one-on-one sessions with a Digital Navigator.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Grants for New Jersey Public Libraries is an initiative of the New Jersey State Library. Through an American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), NJSL makes this funding available to New Jersey public libraries for the purpose of helping communities respond directly and immediately to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as address related economic and community needs through equitable approaches.
This program is supported in full or in part with funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the New Jersey State Library, award number LS-250226-OLS-21.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library is a municipal library service provided by the City of Atlantic City.
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