The Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) in conjunction with Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services (WSWHE BOCES) and SALS member libraries offered the National Workforce Readiness Credential training course to library patrons in the SALS service area. The Credential is an important tool that persons seeking employment can use to show employers that they are work-ready and prepared for the first step on a career path. Through the Credential training, participants learned the skills needed to perform entry-level employment activities and succeed in today’s workplace. At the end of the 3 year grant 22 students took the credential exam.
Students reported that they learned about mutual respect, how to resolve conflict, being open to feedback, socioeconomic differences, and how to be a better team player. All students were motivated to gain employment. Thank you Krista Conrick for teaching over 40 students the past three years.
The 2016 Legislative Session finally wrapped up in the early hours of June 17th. Each Legislative Session and annual state budget process presents its own unique political, policy, and economic challenges, but this year was particularly difficult to navigate. Together with library advocates from across New York State, NYLA met these challenges head-on, and secured a third consecutive year of impressive, hard-won victories.