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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Get Back to Work @ the Newton Falls Public Library Computer Skills Training Courses

“I’m trying to find a job. Can you help me? I know nothing about computers; they want me to apply online. I need to . . .” “Get back to work” are wonderful words for a laid-off employee to hear. The Newton Falls Public Library is trying to help people to do that very thing with computer skills training courses. The R. J. Wean Foundation provided the grant monies allowing the library to purchase the necessary equipment for the new wireless laptop computer lab.

Computer classes and labs will cover the topics of:
· basic computer skills
· setting up email accounts
· online job searching including the Ohio Career Information System [OCIS]
· resume and cover letter writing
· navigating government assistance sites such as Ohio Unemployment Benefits Online
· accessing the online tutorials at Learning Express, as well as LearningExpress Library‘s practice tests including the GED.
· MS Office Basics
· MS Excel
· OCIS for high school students, including interest and career assessment, and post high school education
· photosharing.

Trained library staff will teach and guide class attendees, so they can increase their opportunities to find a job. A listing of the classes and labs is available at the Newton Falls Public Library.

The library also has an extensive collection of materials to borrow with information to aid in job searching, cover letter and resume writing, interviewing, and skills improvement, along with handouts about getting an email account and resume writing, including online resources. Feel free to ask our helpful staff to direct you to these items.

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