$99,000+ grant from The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will provide basic skills training to adults Somerset County and the surrounding area
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey has been awarded a $99,084 grant from The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide 84 adult community members with basic skills training through an Adult Literacy and Community Library Partnership Pilot Program.
SCLSNJ, in partnership with The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, identified a need to provide adult basic skills training that would lead to greater employment opportunities and/or career advancement for New Jersey residents in need of jobs, as well as those in low-wage, lower-skilled occupations. According to the grant, “To effectively maintain sustainable employment, entry-level workers must be equipped with the skills necessary to meet the increasing demands of the workplace.” With that in mind, the goal of the Adult Literacy and Community Library Partnership Program is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve the literacy skills necessary to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens.
In order to expertly provide these adult basic education classes, which will prepare students to take a high school equivalency exam, SCLSNJ will work closely with the Hunterdon-Somerset Title II Consortium, an organization that includes Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission, The Jointure, and Franklin Township Board of Education.
“SCLSNJ is thrilled to work with our local Title II Consortium partners to provide a forum for our community members to learn critical skills to create broader job opportunities and improve the quality of life for their families,” said Selwa Shamy, SCLSNJ support services manager and grant coordinator.
Designed to improve the English language proficiency and adult basic education skills of those adults who are unemployed, underemployed, or needing remedial instruction in Somerset County and the surrounding area, the program will emphasize preparation for high school equivalency testing. Additionally, the program will promote life and workplace skills, family literacy, civics, digital literacy, and job readiness skills. English for speakers of other languages classes will focus on conversation, grammar, citizenship, and life skills.
"All levels of government realize that in order to have an effective, employable work force, we need to work closely and individually with people who have gaps in their education,” said Keith McCoy, SCLSNJ director of public services. “The library, with its ability to provide one-one service, is the perfect venue for helping these residents fill in those gaps."
The Adult Literacy and Community Library Partnership Pilot Program will take place at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library, Manville Library, and North Plainfield Memorial Library branches. A summer session and a fall session will be offered. Summer session dates and times are:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 5-August 25, 6-8:30 p.m.at SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch, located at 100 S. 10th Avenue in Manville. Registration and assessment will be held July 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 5-August 25, 6-8:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, located at 402 E. High Street in Bound Brook. Registration and assessment will be held July 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
- Mondays and Wednesdays, July 6-September 12 (no class July 11), 6-8:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, located at 6 Rockview Avenue in North Plainfield. Registration and assessment will be held July 6, 6-8:30 p.m.
Fall session dates and times will be announced at a later date.
All classes are free and participants ages 18 and over will be able to register the first day of class on a first come, first served basis.
About Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) partners with you to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit SCLSNJ.org for further information about library services offered at SCLSNJ.