Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Free Computer Classes @ Bernardsville Library

Thanks to the federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant, Bernardsville Library will offer computer classes for the unemployed and under-employed to improve their job search skills. Four hands-on, in-depth classes will be offered on Wednesdays at noon during the month of July. [Classes run approximately four hours.]

Windows Operating System: Wednesday, July 6 at 12:00 pm
This class is for non-computer users seeking to gain a basic understanding of PC components and operations in the Microsoft Windows environment including proper start-up and shut down of the operating system, running application programs, managing and organizing files, folders, and printing.

Microsoft Office Word: Wednesday, July 13 at 12:00 pm
This class will cover the basic elements of Microsoft Word, Office 2010. Emphasis will be on the development of a résumé and cover letter.

Using the Internet in a Job Search: Wednesday, July 20 at 12:00 pm
This class will provide in the basic usage of the Internet, understanding of website addresses, introduction to the major web search engines, and elements of a web search with specific emphasis on web based job searches.

Using Email in a Job Search: Wednesday, July 27 at 12:00 pm
This class will teach the proper usage of web based email, email etiquette, responding to job listings, and online applications. Personal email accounts will be created for those that need them.

The training comes as part of a $5.1 million National Telecommunications and Information Administration American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to support the New Jersey State Library’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP). The program’s goal is to make New Jersey’s libraries strategic job-creating facilities by adding computer workstations, upgrading Internet connectivity, and providing job search assistance and workforce development programs.

There is no charge to attend the classes, but advance sign-up is required. Register online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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