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St. Paul Area Libraries Offer Career Training Labs

New Community Career Labs recently debuted for job hunters at six library locations across the county. Workers can reserve hour-long time slots for resume help, online job searches, digital literacy classes, and more.

by Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press / August 4, 2020
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(TNS) — Standing in front of the Dayton’s Bluff Library, Ramsey County Board Chair Toni Carter joined her son, St. Paul, Minn., Mayor Melvin Carter, in announcing a new mission for a series of public libraries.

On Monday, new Community Career Labs debuted in-person services for job hunters at six library locations across the county. Workers can reserve hour-long time slots for resume help, online job searches, digital literacy classes, virtual job fairs, printing, copying, faxing and more.

The appointment-only services also provide physical space at the libraries to engage in longer training sessions that may require more time, such as online certifications.

Toni Carter said 30 percent of the county’s 500,000 working-age residents have signed up for unemployment since the pandemic arrived in March.

“This will pass. It will,” said Toni Carter, while acknowledging that some of those jobs may never return.

The Community Career Labs will be located at the Dayton’s Bluff, Rondo, Rice Street and Sun Ray library locations, as well as the Ramsey County libraries in Maplewood and Roseville. An additional site will open in downtown St. Paul in late August.

“Access to technology is a lifeline for our residents … for our business owners,” Melvin Carter said.

Ramsey County Board Chair Toni Carter says 30 percent of county workforce has applied for unemployment: pic.twitter.com/EwdvCLUyI6

— Frederick Melo, Reporter (@FrederickMelo) August 3, 2020

Career Lab appointments can be booked online at ramseycounty.us/CareerLabs or by calling 651-793-1699.

The Community Career Labs are one of a number of programs funded by Ramsey County Investment and Support Efforts (RamseyCounty.us/rise) through the federal CARES Act.

©2020 the Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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