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Job seekers will have a new resource available in LaRue County, thanks to a $1.3 million grant.
LaRue is among 45 counties with a high unemployment rate to receive funding for a public library workforce center. The center, located in the LaRue County Public Library, will give residents more access to computers, training and job workshops.
LaRue County’s workforce center will open in the fall, perhaps as early as August, according to Paige Sexton of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
LaRue Librarian Dana Jolly said the grant will provide six new computers and eight laptops for the center. The staff is developing an Internet safety policy and Internet filters, a requirement of the grant.
The library will offer two employment-related classes per month when the center opens, said Jolly. Possibilities include classes on resume writing or basic computers.
“Anything that will help people find a job,” said Jolly.
The centers are made possible by an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant provided through the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The project is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
For more information on KDLA resources, programs and services visit www.kdla.ky.gov.
The other counties opening Public Library Workforce Centers are Adair, Bath, Boyle, Calloway, Carroll, Casey, Clinton, Crittenden, Edmonson, Estill, Fleming, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Graves, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Jessamine, Letcher, Logan, Martin, Mason, McCreary, Meade, Metcalfe, Montgomery, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rowan, Russell, Spencer, Taylor, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Warren, Washington and Whitley.