Posted on June 21, 2022
Fort Worth residents now have better access to important skills training thanks to the Fort Worth Public Library‘s new computer skills initiative, funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
The library aims to help adults learn the skills they need in today’s workplace and improve their ability to use technology in their daily lives.
“People without basic computer skills are at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a job because employers expect basic computer skills for most jobs, including many entry-level positions,” said Michele Gorman, deputy director of the civil service. “Helping our residents assess their level of computer skills and guiding them towards developing new skills is a big part of our commitment to community vitality and workforce development.
All 17 library locations have staff trained to help individuals take assessments that assess where they need to start in their computing journey. All services, from assessments, courses and certificates, are free to the public.
“Our staff can help any adult who is ready to learn to take the digital skills assessment,” said Jana Hill, adult services manager. “Assessment is a great way for people with very little experience to see where to start, or those who haven’t used computers in a while to see where to tap into what they’ve learned. “
Assessments and courses will cover these topics:
Essential Computer Skills
- Basic computer skills
- Internet Basics
- Use of email
- Windows operating system
- Mac operating system
Essential Software Skills
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Google Docs
Use technology in everyday life
- social media
- Information literacy
- Supporting K-12 Remote Learning
- Career search skills
- Your digital footprint
Residents can call 817-392-7727 for the most up-to-date course information, or visit any library location and ask staff to take an assessment.
The online platform used for this service allows students to track their own progress, use self-directed online courses when ready, and earn printable certificates to demonstrate their mastery in subject areas to employers and institutions of higher education.
“This new service will not only help people learn skills, but also build their confidence,” Hill said. “We help them learn to navigate the world in the digital age. From applying for jobs to helping their children learn remotely, bank and search the internet safely, these courses will allow our residents to thrive. »
The Fort Worth Public Library also offers a variety of other career support services and programs.
Learn more online.
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