Newburgh Library launches workforce development program

NEWBURGH — The Newburgh Free Library has launched the Career Smart @ Your Library workforce development program. This program funded in part by the Ramapo Catskill Library System Mini-Literacy grant, will work towards enhancing digital literacy and career literacy in Newburgh. The City of Newburgh currently has an unemployment rating of 4.9 percent, the highest in the Hudson Valley. This program series will work towards addressing this issue by funding computer classes, including Spanish language computer courses, and workshops that will help patrons find and apply for jobs. See the Newburgh Free Library’s program calendar at for the full schedule.

On Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Orange-Ulster BOCES will present on the career paths available through their comprehensive technical and vocational programs. On Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Orange County Government’s Department of Human Resources will present on the civil service process and how to obtain a civil service position. On Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital will present on healthcare career paths, and entry level healthcare jobs for different levels of education.

Career counselor Gregg Knowles will be offering two Career Search Strategies workshops, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Oct 5 at 11:30 a.m., on how to conduct an effective job search and how to market oneself as a potential employee. Knowles will also offer One-on-One Career Help for individuals that need additional assistance writing resumes and cover letters, exploring career options, applying for jobs online, preparing for interviews, or learning how to use LinkedIn.

For more information about The Career Smart @ Your Library program, call or email Chris Morgan, Programming and Outreach Librarian at 563-3625 or or go to The Newburgh Free Library hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Mon. through Thurs.; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri. and Sat.; and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sun.