Many public computer centers at libraries in Arizona are overwhelmed with patrons and job seekers who wish to utilize internet access to search for jobs and obtain or improve job related skills training.
Arizona Governor’s Office of Economic Recovery, in partnership with Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, is implementing the Arizona Job Assistance Center (AzJAC).
The AzJAC Project creates public locations throughout the state to assist those seeking employment by furthering their education and researching career training.
In conjunction with key partners from the Arizona Workforce Connection, the Arizona Department of Education, and the Arizona Small Business Development Center, this project addresses the overwhelming need for access to computers to search for and apply for jobs and to acquire and develop job related skills.
AzJAC is funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), with a grant award of $1,646,936 and matching funds totaling $705,830 provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, and Arizona Public Libraries. BTOP II is a result of funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
- Provide a Virtual Workforce Workstation dedicated to job seekers in 200 public libraries and community centers across the state. These desktop workstations are dedicated for job search and placement assistance plus comprehensive skill assessments, development of individual employment plans, and one-on-one counseling and career planning.
- Establish a Job Help Hub in 28 public and state libraries across the state — 10 in Maricopa County, three in PimaCounty, one in each of the other counties, and two in tribal libraries. Job Help Hubs provide formal workshops and training, walk-in assistance, and Internet/resource access to people in libraries and around the community. These portable computer labs are dedicated to job seekers for skill assessments/development, and job search/application, with at least one located in each county and centered in libraries in communities with the greatest need. The Eloy Public Library is hosting the Job Help Hub in PinalCounty. There is also a provision for part-time instructors that will provide training and one-on-one assistance to help with resumes, job searches, employment applications, starting a business, and continuing education opportunities. Each JHH includes a mobile laptop lab with 11 computers (one for instructor, 10 for students), a printer/scanner, a projector and portable screen, a wireless access point, and an instructor.
- Serve as an economic development resource at tribal libraries, includingArizonalibraries managed by the Cocopah Indian Tribe, Salt River Tribe, Yavapai Nation, Kaibab Paiute Tribe,Fort Mohave Indian Tribe, and the Tohono O’odham Nation.