ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic City Free Public Library will continue holding a series of workshops and classes aimed at helping job seekers develop a competitive edge through its BEST program.
BEST stands for Building Employment Skills Training. The program provides opportunities to earn certifications in the food and beverage industries. It also includes assistance for those who want basic computer skills and has an English as a second language (ESL) program.
All training sessions and classes are free. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register, visit the Help Desk at the Main Library (1 North Tennessee Ave.) or call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3012.
The following is a list of available classes and workshops:
Job training for food and beverage industries
- ServSafe Certification Class
- A one-day class providing food safety training, exams and educational materials to food service workers. Earn a ServSafe Certification upon completion. Schedule: June 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Main Library Next STEP Lab.
- TIPS Certification Class (online) —
- TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) On-Premise Alcohol Training is a dynamic, skills-based training program designed to teach safety, responsibility, and best practices to servers at restaurants, bars, hotels, in-store tastings, or other establishments where alcohol is served on the premises. The TIPS course and certification process is completely online but must be taken in the Main Library at the scheduled time. If you are a bartender, waiter, server, busser, valet, host or any front-of-house employee, you should be on-premise certified to prevent the misuse of alcohol and limit exposure to alcohol-related liabilities. Schedule: June 30 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Main Library Next STEP Lab.
- ServSafe Management Certification Class
- — The ServSafe Manager Certification verifies that a manager or person-in-charge has sufficient food safety knowledge to protect the public from foodborne illness. This is a three-day, in-person class. Receive a ServSafe Certification and wallet card upon completion. Schedule: July 8, 15, 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Main Library Next STEP Lab.
- Computer Skills Lab
- — Schedule a one-hour session with library staff to work on your computer skills. Schedule: Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon at Richmond Branch Library; Fridays from 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon in the Main Library Learning Center.
- Job Skills Workshops —
- Two-day workshops focusing on Word, Excel, PowerPoint and resumes/cover letters. Participants can earn a certificate of completion. Schedule: PowerPoint on June 20 and 22 from 2-4 p.m.; Resume & Cover Letter on May 30 and June 1 from 2:30-5 p.m.; Word on June 6 and 8 from 2-4 p.m.; Excel on June 13 and 15 from 2-4 p.m. in the Main Library Next STEP Lab.
- Walk-in Job Skills Lab —
- Receive assistance with job-related tasks, such as creating a resume, writing a cover letter, and searching and applying for jobs online. * Registration not required for this lab.
- Schedule: May 27 and June 3, 10, 17, 24 from 9:30 a.m.-noon in the Main Library Learning Center.
- Computer Basics —
- Need help with technology basics? These classes will give participants a basic understanding of the featured topic.
- Schedule: Mondays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Keyboard & Mouse on June 5, internet on June 12 and Smart Devices on June 26 in the Main Library Learning Center.
ESL: Virtual and in-person classes
- — Classes are for nonnative, English speakers. Interactive learning focusing on the listening, speaking, reading, grammar and writing skills of the students. Virtual class schedule: Mondays, May 22 and June 5, 12, 26 at 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, May 24, 31 and June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 7 p.m.; Fridays, May 26 and June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10 a.m.; In-person class schedule (beginning June 20): Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Learning Center.
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