Just over a year, ago the Santa Barbara Public Library System announced the opening of SBPL Works!, a career training center that provides basic computer skills and workforce preparedness training. Since then, SBPL Works! has worked with 125 individuals for over 1,700 hours and have helped place at least 42 people into jobs in the community.
Today’s higher education opportunities and all tiers of employment require at least a basic level of digital skills. Looking towards the future and anticipating even more technological advances, it is imperative that adults continue to embrace these changes in order to stay competitive and succeed in their lifelong learning and employment goals. SBPLWorks! continues to prepare adults with the computer skills they need to be more competitive in the job market or move on to other educational opportunities using individualized assessments and learning plans tailored to their career goals and learning needs.
In addition to one-on-one appointments, SBPL Works! has added regular Basic Computing and Microsoft Excel classes to enable individuals to enhance their workplace skills. Each class is limited to six registrants to enable in-depth help and support by the instructors. Basic Computing is for those new to working with computers to learn basic word processing, file management, internet search, and email. In the Excel class individuals will learn to create a spreadsheet, including basic data entry, formulas, and charts. Basic computing skills are required for the Excel class.
Through these additional classes and ongoing one-on-one sessions, the Library continues to be a central partner with other local organizations aiming to make employment and education more accessible to adults in the community.
SBPL Works! is free and open to all. Services are also available in Spanish.
To stay informed individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at SBPLibrary.org for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.
Contact: Devon Cahill, Adult Education Librarian