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 Technology Skills Coordinator

Partner Agency:  Saint Paul Public Library
Location(s):  Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 North Dale Street, Saint Paul
Name of Site Supervisor and Title:  Charlene McKenzie, Branch Supervisor                

CTEP Program Description

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all.  CTEP sponsor organizations include: Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), the Community Computer Access Network (CCAN), and the City of Minneapolis.

Site History and Mission

Residents come to the Rondo Community Outreach Library, newly opened in 2006, to work on career plans, create resumes, search for jobs, work towards educational goals, gain technology skills, and a variety of other reasons.  The member will carry out the daily goal of coordinating the work of a busy urban library computer lab to meet needs of diverse customers by providing technology-based classes, educational support, and information literacy workforce skill building. The Library’s mission is to anticipate and respond to the community’s need for information; to facilitate lifelong learning; to stimulate and nurture a desire to read in young people; to provide reading materials to meet the interests of all ages; and to enrich the quality of life in the community.  The work of the CTEP member supports this overall mission.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

May include evenings, weekdays or weekends as arranged.

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes in the workplace, and citizenship skills.  These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rdFridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory.  Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.

Site Specific Responsibilities

  • Raise community awareness of the power of information that can be accessed for free at the public library.
  • Provide one to one tutorial assistance with electronic and print resources encouraging workforce skills development and word processing skills acquisition
  • Develop and teach classes focusing on technology needs and literacy, based on community need in varying locations with new and existing technology.
  • Extend technology training and classes to job searchers, English language learners, new immigrants, and diverse communities.
  • Create partnerships with community and cultural organizations, and strengthen existing collaborations with community partners.
  • Encourage a variety of age groups to consider the library as a partner for lifelong academic and technology learning.
  • Build meaningful mentoring opportunities for talented volunteers.
  • Recruit and train new volunteers.
  • Foster peer support and new opportunities for young people.
  • Strengthen services for after-school use of the public library by neighborhood learners.
  • Create and implement technology classes for older adults, youth and teens.
  • Member of Rondo Community Outreach Library staff committees

How to Apply

Apply online at my.americorps.gov and click on “Apply to Serve” (be sure to search for the “Community Technology Empowerment Project” or “CTEP” when asked to indicate what program you would like to send your application to).  Contact: Joel Krogstad, krogstad@spnn.org, 651.556.1384

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.  Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.  Alternative formats of this document are also available.