Ready, Set, Connect! Youth Job Training Program Coming to Oakland Public Library

Release Date: 
Thu, 02/28/2013

Oakland, CA – The Oakland Public Library is partnering with Community Technology Network to offer the Ready, Set, Connect! (RSC!), a workforce development program to Oakland youth. The program will provide local youth with technology-based job skills through a balanced combination of classroom training and hands-on work experience at the Main Library, 125 14th Street, in Oakland. The program begins in March and concludes in June.

Ready, Set, Connect! will provide free technology and leadership job training to 50 youth, ages 16 to 24, from low-income communities. A special effort will be made to attract students from bilingual families, as a way to help bridge the technology gap.

Youth will learn how to use graphic and web technologies, as well as social media and graphic design tools. They will be trained in professional etiquette and cultural sensitivity and receive mentoring from employees of technology companies. Dell is providing technology for the program.  Youth will also receive mentoring in creating their resumes, job search and interviewing.

Once youth have completed the training, they will gain work experience and hone their job skills by assisting patrons with computer and Internet inquiries at the Main Library and library branch computer labs, teaching basic computer and internet classes in the Library, and by leading program outreach efforts.

“OPL is very excited to be partnering with CTN to attract Oakland youth to a program that will benefit them while providing a much needed service at the library,” adds Jamie Turbak, Interim Deputy Director of the Oakland Public Library.

Interested youth should apply at by March 8th, 2013. Ready, Set, Connect! applicants must be between 16 – 24 years old, know how to use a computer and surf the Internet and be enthusiastic and willing to learn.  Applicants must be available twice a week between 4pm – 8pm from March 2013 to the end of June 2013, and be able to dedicate up to 4 hours per week.

For more information, please call Kerri Shannon at (510) 479-0931 or visit

Community Technology Network’s Ready, Set, Connect! program is a 2012 Dell Powering the Possible grant recipient.  Powering the Possible is Dell’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.

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