The North Bergen Free Public Library was recently awarded the 2017 Adult Literacy and Community Library Partnership Grant, funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This $94,800 grant is intended to make adult basic education and English language proficiency services more accessible to residents.
The North Bergen Public Library is partnering with the Hudson County Schools of Technology to offer a variety of free classes taught by certified instructors from HCST. The grant allows the library to sponsor a minimum of 79 students over the course of 3 semesters, ending in August 2018. Qualifying students will receive certificates at the end of the program, with opportunities for state certification and employment counseling.
Training opportunities are open to all members of the community ages 18 and up (exceptions made for the High School Diploma Prep Program), with preference being given to lower-income or unemployed students. Classes will begin on Sept. 30, with a registration deadline of Sept. 20. There will be nine different classes offered in the fall semester. All classes are free, up to a maximum of $1,200 per student.
To view the list of available classes and to apply, interested members of the community should visit the library.