CCV & Libraries Lend Hand to Help Job Seekers

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Vermont Businiess Magazine – The Community College of Vermont (CCV) announced a new partnership with the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) to place CCV student interns in six Vermont libraries as job hunt helpers for Vermont residents. These interns will work with Vermont citizens who need assistance using computer technology to explore careers and online education, prepare resumes and search for and apply online for jobs at the town libraries in Barre, Brattleboro, Newport, Rutland, St. Johnsbury and Winooski. The project is designed to increase digital literacy in Vermont by helping Vermonters use online resources and career development software to identify, prepare for and pursue their career goals.

“At the Vermont Department of Libraries, we are dedicated to providing Vermonters a place in their community where they can access the information services they need,” said Vermont State Librarian Marty Reid. “Bringing CCV job hunt helpers into six public libraries across the state will support and expand the work that our public libraries do to assist people throughout the job search process. We are looking forward to working with CCV on this project, which will help connect job seekers with the skills and information resources they need and with Vermont employers.”

CCV’s Career Consultants will train and support CCV student interns serving as job hunt helpers. The interns will work six hours a week at one of the designated libraries from early March through the end of the spring semester. These services are made possible by funding from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation and federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“Digital tools are an important part of the job search process,” said CCV Dean of Academic Technology Eric Sakai. “This new collaboration between CCV and the Department of Libraries will provide many Vermonters the support and skills they need to navigate career planning on the web. We are excited to have six of our students participating in this excellent project and making real contributions to communities around Vermont.”

Interns will receive training from the consultants on use of job search and career exploration software and on assisting job seekers with using the internet. A CCV project coordinator will supervise the students throughout the program.

From fall 2011 to fall 2014, CCV and the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) collaborated on a unique project aimed at increasing Vermonters’ use of the internet for education, career development, community engagement and personal enrichment. The Internet Interns program placed a total of 24 CCV students in town libraries across the state to assist patrons with such tasks as job searches and applications, health care information searches and communicating with family and friends via social media.

CCV is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access our degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.

The Vermont Department of Libraries supports libraries in Vermont as they work to insure access to quality information for their patrons.

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