There is a “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act”??
Sounds to me like they are already outsourcing the Department of Labor.
I don’t know about your library but mine has offered classes in Excel and Word for a good several years already. And really, teach people how to use email?
How are a bunch of library courses going to help you get a job?
Are library staff members going to be skilled in counseling those who have lost jobs? Can they really “Write” a resume for you?
Most of the library staff are town employees — at least they are in my neck of the woods! What would they know about job seeking? Many have been employed there for years and years.
They have never been out of work; they do not know what type of unique culture, as it were, goes with losing your job and being out of work.
Library staff members cannot counsel those who are out of work. Are they going to be of aid when a client comes in in tears and says they hsve to relinquish their dog because they can no longer afford to care for the pet? Can they offer true advice when a client says they cannot pay rent, or pay for food, or pay the utilities? What are they going to tell a software engineer or an allied health worker who has lost their job to outsourcing, offshoring or a visaed worker? What will they do with a client who just found out his company is relocating to a distant state and he will be losing his job in 60 days?
How about the client whose husband walked out the door; she’s been raising the kids and the last job she had was back in the early 80s? What do you do when she tells you she’s got no education, no skills and no money — he’s left and taken it all?
What about a client who is out of college for 3 years already and still can’t find a job?
What do they do for a client who is 60 and can’t find a job? Is it ageism? is it bad luck? what is it?
What about the client in real crisis who needs to see a mental health professional?
Are the staff members going to call the client and follow up to see how that person’s job search is going?
ONLY a few examples of what a job seeker goes through — and what do they do with a client who has taken every course there and still no work???
This program is a waste of money, in my opinion. Better used for other things — and how is this money distributed? By town size, need, or demographic? HOW? We don’t have that information.
We can’t even call local businesses and ask what jobs they have open — simply because we don’t really even have very many businesses here in town anymore. They’ve moved or closed or vacated operations in this town and who knows why? Social services more or less took over the “job counseling” — I mentioned this to all of you awhile back. The only jobs they had available in September were paltry warehouse jobs and most of them required “must speak Spanish.” I was referred to a county nonprofit group — the jobs there, again, were for nonskilled workers. Nothing for college grads.
So I don’t see how the local library is going to get anybody a job, so to speak. How are they going to get jobs for middle class educated people?
This program is filler, another bandaid and more kool aid. Nothing more.
And here is another thing: the state has offered computer courses for years! So what is the big deal here with hooking up with libraries to more or less teach the same kind of classes that are offered through the Department of Labor??? Ther are also 4K vouchers available; the money has to be spent at a state or community college, if, that is, you are eleigible for benefits.. You can take all the computer corses you are able to for 4 grand. So what is the big deal here?