Four Libraries Hosting Job Assistance Specialists
Libraries have long served as a valuable resource for those seeking employment or looking to advance their job skills. Madison Public Library recently began working with a variety of community partners to increase learning opportunities in the areas of computer training, resume writing, general business writing, social media and networking.
This year, the library introduced a new partnership called JobConnect. The partnership increases opportunities for library customers to connect directly to the WorkSmart Network, through which they can learn more about federally funded programs for low-income residents.
WorkSmart is funded by federal dollars as part of the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA). WIOA helps job seekers and
workers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. Locally, funds given to the Workforce
Development Board of South Central Wisconsin fund the WorkSmart Network through community partners, including Opportunities Inc., who hires the full-time Employment Specialists to work with job seekers.
Madison’s libraries will host WorkSmart Network specialists on the following dates and locations: first Fridays of the month at Meadowridge Library; second Fridays of the month at Lakeview Library; third Fridays of the month at Alicia Ashman Library; and fourth Fridays of the month at Hawthorne Library.
Those who wish to make an appointment with the WorkSmart employment specialists should call the host library. While the program targets low-income residents, all library customers may make an appointment to learn more about it. Visit madisonpubliclibrary.org/jobs for more information.