CareerLink partnering with libraries to offer services

From staff reports

A new partnership between CareerLink and the libraries of the Oil Region Library Association is in the works.

“CareerLink recently changed models to become more mobile, and the agency is utilizing locations in the community to extend its services, and our libraries made a natural fit,” said Dan Flaherty, the executive director of the Oil Region Library Association.

“Recently, (CareerLink) started coming into our libraries to offer informal sessions to provide general information to the public about different opportunities they provide, but they’ve also put on formal sessions with more being planned in the future,” Flaherty added.

Flaherty, who is also the administrator for the Oil Creek Library District, said the sessions include a CareerLink orientation to provide an outline of its services, a resume workshop and basic PC classes.

The services are geared toward two groups – youth services (ages 16-24) and adults.

Oil City Library recently hosted a resume workshop, and both coordinators (youth services and adult) have been coming in between 3 and 5 p.m. on Wednesdays to help people.

The coordinators – Kathryn Thompson Selby for adult services and Megan Hartle for youth services – are booked at least through January.

A basic PC class has been scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the library. The Franklin Library recently hosted a basic PC class as well.

Flaherty said both libraries will look to book more sessions with CareerLink, but he wants to hear from residents to have a better idea of when to schedule the sessions and how to prioritize the topics.

Residents can contact Flaherty at 678-3071.