Collier County Public Library received a $27,000 grant to teach computer skills to job-seeking individuals who have little or no experience with electronic resources. The grant was awarded under the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.
Collier County Library is using the grant to fund Collier Connects, a series of 49 hands-on computer skills training classes, at the East Naples, Estates, and Immokalee Branch Libraries. The classes include PC Basics, Internet Basics, Email Basics, Word and Excel Basics, and are geared towards beginner-level computer users.
The grant will also fund workshops on career assessment, resume writing, and interview skills. Workshops will rotate every other month between the three locations. Weekly two-hour eGovernment assistance labs are also being held at the three libraries.
The program runs from November 2012 through September 2013.
As part of the grant project, the library is collaborating with Southwest Florida Works and the Department of Children and Families.
“This is a very exciting project for the Collier County library system, and has the potential to make a significant difference in people’s lives in our community,” said David Chalick, Branch Manager, who was responsible for writing the grant application.
Information on the Collier Connects program, including the computer courses, career workshops, and the eGovernment assistance lab schedule, is available at any Collier County Library location.
For more information, call 239-252-4534.