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July 12, 2013
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Grand opening for library's new technology center


The public is invited to participate in the grand opening celebration of the Madelyn Helling Library’s Collaborative Technology Center on Aug. 13. This entirely grant-funded project adds an additional 2,000 square feet of space to the Helling Library, which can be used by up to 70 people at one time. The center will house 15 PCs, five iMacs, 20 Dell notebooks, 25 iPads, five Nook Colors, five Kindle Fires, five Samsung Galaxy Tab 2s class sets of videography equipment, two Skype-enabled collaborative use rooms, and a 3-D printer.

The library has announced the beginning of computer, workforce development and recreational technology classes, to be held in instructional areas of the CTC.

There will be five to eight free classes per month on beginning Word, Excel and PowerPoint; how to create and use email; how to find and apply for jobs online; how to use an eReader, tablet or smartphone; 3-D printers; and filming and editing videos.

The grand opening will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. Aug. 13 and will be an open,interactive forum for county employees, the board of supervisors and members of the public to learn about technology and programming the library will offer. Library staff and trained CTC volunteers will be on hand to offer information and demonstrations to attendees. No RSVP is required.

4th Quarter 2013 treasury report released

Treasurer and Tax Collector Tina Vernon has released the treasury report for the fourth quarter ending June 30, 2013. The treasury has been certified to have sufficient funds to meet projected expenditures and investments within the treasury’s portfolio and are in compliance with the treasurer’s investment policy.

The treasurer’s portfolio strategy remains focused on the purchase of high quality assets, whose credit strength is bolstered by the U.S. government and/or whose credit quality is higher than that required by state code. Interest rate risk is being closely monitored. With rates just now moving up from all-time lows, the portfolio is positioned to take full advantage of this upward movement and is defensively structured so that it is less sensitive to interest rate shifts and market value declines.

Expanded services for CalWORKS participants

The One Stop Business & Career Center has announced the July opening of a career development, job search and vocational training center for CalWORKs clients exclusively.

This new Workforce Center, in the Brunswick Basin in Grass Valley, reflects the growing partnership between the Nevada County Department of Social Services and the One Stop Business & Career Center.

The services offered at the Workforce Center expand traditional career and job assistance services to include group training and individual assistance that addresses the whole person and his or her readiness for the workplace. Participants will also complete in-house community service projects, gain work experience by volunteering in agencies and/or participate in a Subsidized Employment Program.

Two distinct vocational training programs are also offered through the center. One is a six-week course in customer service for the hospitality and retail industries. The other program, Workforce One, offers an opportunity for five individuals to gain hands-on training in landscaping, horticulture and woodworking. This crew of five will learn safe use of equipment and then go out in the community with a supervisor and complete service projects.

The center is looking for service projects. Participants can assist with assembling gift packages, organizing donations, mailings, brochures, laminating, book binding, packet building, copying and much more. The crew can also provide landscaping design and maintenance services. These services are free and available to nonprofits, schools and government programs. Call 530-798-4865 to request assistance with your program needs..


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The Union Updated Jul 13, 2013 12:55AM Published Jul 17, 2013 01:28AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.