We are hosting a series of free computer classes throughout November and December. Stacy Haas, a technology instructor and employment specialist, will teach attendees elemental and essential computer skills. Participants will learn how to complete online job applications, set up and use email, and work with Microsoft Word to create resumes. The classes meet every Saturday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in November and December (with the exception of Saturday, December 22). While the classes focus on skills necessary for job searching, anyone interested in learning basic computer skills is welcome.
Two additional classes will meet on Monday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m. These sessions are in partnership with Ballad Health’s employment assistance initiative, Project Employment Hope. Along with instruction in online job application, Ballad Health representatives will be on-site to answer questions about employment and the job application process in general. Project Employment Hope provides employment opportunities for disadvantaged adults. Ballad Health says that the program “gives the most fragile members of our community access to employment, counseling, guidance, training, and job opportunities within Ballad Health at no cost. Part-time and full-time positions are available in areas such as environmental, dietary, and transport services for those who qualify.”
This entire series of computer classes is available thanks to a Library Technology Training Grant from The Tennessee State Library and Archives. The grant has allowed us to purchase mobile devices and to fund trainers to conduct digital literacy sessions for targeted populations in Johnson City. The Friends of the Johnson City Public Library also provided a local funding match to support the grant.
All computer classes are held in the library’s Computer Center on the second floor. They are free and open to the public, with no registration required. For more information, contact Adult Services at 423-434-4454.