Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College’s New Jersey Libraries project proposes to add computers at 47 libraries, upgrade connectivity at 79 libraries, and provide job search assistance, employment skills, workforce development programs, and other online resources at 365 libraries across the state. Many of New Jersey’s unemployed residents are seeking to adapt to a job market in which access to computers and broadband are requirements for most job searches, employment applications, and workforce skills training. In many New Jersey communities, the public library is the only place that offers the public free use of computers and Internet access. Many libraries, however, are unable to keep pace with the demand for broadband access. A consortium led by New Jersey's community colleges will deliver training using its existing curriculum for library staff and job seekers.