The priorities of the Josephine Community Libraries Expanding Opportunities Program are “the three Es” — education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Through technology resources, outreach with community partners, and training in and out of the library, this program helps to bridge the digital divide and meet the needs of Josephine County residents seeking to improve their lives through education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
Working closely with the curriculum director and school library managers of Grants Pass School District 7 and Three Rivers School District, the Expanding Opportunities Program helps focus overall digital literacy goals for education, promotes development of links to digital resources on school websites, and helps train teachers to deliver digital skills curriculum.
Some direct lessons to students help the program assess needs and revise materials as well.
The Expanding Opportunities Program supports the district in keeping alive the conversation about our shared goals of teaching our students to become information-literate and supporting staff in reaching established benchmarks.
Working with The Job Council as a major partner and with Goodwill, Worksource Oregon, and The Oregon Employer Council as participants, JCLI’s Expanding Opportunities Program establishes information literacy as a key component of job readiness.
In sharing free learning platforms such as LearningExpress Library and offering direct training presentations on library resources to large groups of job seekers, this program demonstrates ways in which understanding how to locate information is a vital skill for any employee.
Working with the Employer Council, JCLI identifies needs employers have for specific employee skill sets and helps partners develop a job-ready workforce.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Rogue Community College (RCC) is a free, full-service small business support service. JCLI partners with the SBDC staff to identify how digital research skills can benefit local economic development by helping small business succeed.
Offering workshops in free online market research skills and increasing the awareness of library and SBDC databases, JCLI helps business people and their counselors locate valuable free information to keep them competitive.