Fort Worth residents now have greater access to important job-skills training thanks to the Fort Worth Public Library’s new computer skills and digital literacy initiative, funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (Grant # TSL 22006).

The Library is focused on helping adults acquire the skills they need in today’s workplace and to improve their ability to use technology in their daily lives.

“People without basic computer skills are at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a job because employers expect basic computer skills for most jobs, including many entry-level positions,” said Michele Gorman, Assistant Director, Public Service. “Helping our residents assess their level of computer skills, and guide them towards developing new skills is a big part of our commitment to community vitality and workforce development.”

All 17 library locations have staff trained to help individuals take assessments that gauge where they need to start in their computer-skills journey. All of the services, from assessments, classes and certificates, are free to the public.

“Our staff can assist any adult ready to learn in taking the digital skills assessment,” said Jana Hill, Adult Services Manager. “The assessment is a great way for people who have very little experience to see where to start, or those who haven’t used computers in a while to see where to pick up what they’ve learned.”

Assessments and classes will focus on the following topics:

Essential Computer Skills

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Internet Basics
  • Using Email
  • Windows Operating System
  • Mac Operating System

Essential Software Skills

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Google Docs

Using Technology in Daily Life

  • Social Media
  • Information Literacy
  • Supporting K-12 Distance Learning
  • Career Search Skills
  • Your Digital Footprint

In June, four locations will pilot in-person basic computer skills classes. Those locations are Diamond Hill/Jarvis, Northside, Meadowbrook and the RISE library inside the RISE community center. Eight other locations will begin in-person classes in July. Residents can call 817-392-7727 for the most current class information, or visit any Library location and ask staff about taking an assessment.

The online platform used for this service allows students to track their own progress, use self-directed online classes when they’re ready for them and earn printable certificates to demonstrate mastery in subject areas to employers and higher education organizations.

“This new service will not only help people build skills, but also build confidence,” Hill said. “We’re helping them learn how to navigate the world in a digital age. From applying for jobs or helping their kids with distance learning to banking and safely searching the internet – these classes will empower our residents.”


About the Fort Worth Public Library

The Fort Worth Public Library is committed to building a community of learners, dreamers and doers. The Library strives to provide spaces for learning, self-discovery, shared experiences and personal growth. The Library operates as a department of the City of Fort Worth serving residents and visitors at 17 different locations around Fort Worth, Texas and through numerous community partnerships. www.FortWorthLibrary.org

About the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Formed in 1909, TSLAC is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs to improve their lives and communities. TSLAC provides historical and genealogical search assistance, federal and state government documents, electronic research and library services to all Texans, including those who are unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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