Delaware Department of State

Delaware Library Job/Learning Labs

To address the online access needs of economically vulnerable communities in Delaware, its Department of State’s Division of Libraries is proposing an equipment upgrade and the expansion of a training program at public computer centers throughout the state. The project plans to serve residents by providing public access computers, assistive technology, videoconferencing capabilities, and wireless networking. The computer centers at the Dover, Georgetown, Seaford, and Wilmington libraries will become Job/Learning Labs focusing specifically on the needs of the unemployed, with specialized training for resume building, job search, and interview skills. The project also proposes to expand Spanish-language computer training programs in Wilmington, the area with the largest Hispanic population in Delaware.

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$1,899,929
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Senator Carper speaks to job seekers sitting at tables with laptops.

The Delaware Department of State’s Division of Libraries is upgrading equipment and expanding training programs at libraries across the state. The computer centers at the Dover, Georgetown, Seaford, and Wilmington libraries serve as job and learning labs to help unemployed citizens learn resume building, job search, and interview skills. So far, the project has installed more than 150 new workstations. This quarter, staff at the Job Centers helped more than 1,800 visitors with job searches, applications, resumes, and other computer skills. In addition, 11,630 visitors participated in training classes such as Adult GED, job preparation workshops, and entrepreneurial workshops.

The Division of Libraries also developed an online Job & Career Accelerator that provides job search resources, including resume and cover letter assistance. One woman, for example, who had earned a college degree in her native country used the resources offered by the Seaford Job Center to secure a teaching position for English as a Second Language classes. “The Job Centers are equipping Delawareans with the tools they need to get back to work or to change careers,” said Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock. “We have already seen the positive effect they have had on numerous people. In some cases, people who took advantage of the resources available there were able to secure a job within days.”

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