EERC: Education and Employment Resource Center

Welcome to the East Greenbush Community Library’s Education and Employment Resource Center. The EERC supports adults in their pursuit of educational and employment opportunities. Use the tabs below to view carefully selected programs and websites that may assist you with your education and career goals. Browse the EERC blog, filled with tips, tricks, and Capital Area employment news and notices. Visit the library for assistance with the resources offered below, to take a workshop or class, and to browse our extensive collection of education and career books. Please contact the library reference desk (518-477-7476, option 4) if we may assist you further. (Looking for job openings at our Library? Check our Volunteers and Careers page.)

Events & Classes at the Library

Join us at the library for these upcoming in-person opportunities.

ENL: English for New Learners (formerly ESL)

Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Ongoing)

Hello in many languages

Taught at the East Greenbush Community Library by Questar III BOCES.

This program teaches speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is appropriate for students for whom English is not their first language, and are 21 years of age or older. You do not have to be an American citizen, but must have a green card. For more information or to register, contact Questar’s Workforce Development office at (518) 273-2264. More information.

Local In-Person Assistance

These Capital District area resources offer in-person education and employment assistance.

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County logo

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) provides tutoring to help individuals learn to read, to write, and speak English, and to improve their math skills. English Literacy Civics, Sewing & English, a telephone partner program, and Citizenship preparation classes are also available. All services are free and offered in several locations around Rensselaer County. Contact LVORC at (518) 274-8526.


Rensselar OneStop building

Rensselaer County One Stop Employment Center is located at the Ned Pattison Government Center in Troy (1600 Seventh Avenue Fourth Floor, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 270-2860).  Open weekdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., this center offers hands-on assistance to job seekers, including workshops and resume help.  Services are also available at Career Central in Albany (175 Central Avenue Albany, New York 12206, (518) 462-7600 option 3).

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SUNY ATTAIN (Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking) is a community center offering free courses and services: ✓ Computer classes ✓ Certifications ✓ Academic, Technical, Employability and Life Skills training ✓ Open lab with Internet access ✓ Help with resumes, letters, and job applications.  Located at Capital District Educational Opportunity Centers in Troy (431 River Street | (518) 273 1900 x2111) and Albany (30 North Russell Road | (518) 273-1900 x2300)

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The East Greenbush Community Library: we’re open 7 days a week!* Visit the reference desk, where librarians can help you access educational and employment resources, refer you to other classes and services, get you started on the computer, and more.

*Closed Sundays in July and August.

Adult Education & Literacy

Links to local and national organizations that help adults improve their reading, writing, and math skills; obtain their high school equivalency; and acquire life skills in areas such as technology, personal finance, and employment.

Local Assistance

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The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) offers tuition-free academic and workforce development programs, including Building Trades, College Preparation, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, English as a Second Language, High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation, Medical Office Administration (MOA), Nursing Assistant, Security Guard Training, and Welding. Phone: (518) 273-1900, EOC brochure (pdf).


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Community and Professional Education – Hudson Valley Community College offers a wide range of educational, professional and recreational credit-free classes for everyone from kids to seniors. Highlights include fitness classes, arts classes, and special interest classes like motorcycle riding or financial planning for retirement. They also offer non-credit certification programs in emergency medicine, paralegal training and other professional classes.

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County logo

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) provides tutoring to help people learn to read, write, and speak English, and to improve their math skills. English Literacy Civics, Sewing & English, telephone partner program, and Citizenship preparation classes are available. Services are free and offered in several locations in Rensselaer County. (518) 274-8526.


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QUESTAR III’s Adult Education and Workforce Development program offers Adult Literacy, High School Equivalency preparation and testing, English as a New Language (ENL; formally ESL), Community Education and other training programs. Programs are conducted in several locations throughout the Capital District.


Online Resources

 

 

College For Adults

College for Adults (from the organization World Education) helps adults who are going to college for the first time. This website will help you with career planning, college selection and the application process. suggests ways to find money to pay for college, and directs you to resources to help you prepare for college-level work.


GCF Learn Free

GCF LearnFree provides adults with free lessons and tutorials in technology, reading, math, work & career, and everyday life skills.

lincs learner center

LINCS Learner Center connects adult learners to free online resources to reach their life goals. Choose a goal to learn how to read, get job skills, and more. Educators can visit the LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System) main site for more resources.

Microsoft Digital Literacy

Microsoft Digital Literacy offers free, online instruction to help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work. The link provided above brings you to the Basic Curriculum, but you can choose a different level at the site’s main page.

NYSED High School Equivalency

New York State Education Department: High School Equivalency information and resources. Provides information on the three pathways to earning a high school equivalency diploma in New York State.  Offers lots of useful information about the TASC exam, including free study materials and a preparation course locator.

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ProLiteracy is a resource for literacy educators and professionals. Literacy facts, research and reports, advocacy information, professional education opportunities and materials, and publishing (through New Readers Press).

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TASC, The High School Equivalency Exam The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) has replaced the GED in New York State.  This site provides information about the TASC, test dates and times, and study materials.  See also: the New York State Education Department’s HSE/TASC page.

Citizenship & English Language Learning (ESL/ENL)

Local Assistance

Hello in many languages

ENL: English for New Learners (formerly ESL)

Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Ongoing)

Taught at the East Greenbush Community Library by Questar III BOCES.

This program teaches speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is appropriate for students for whom English is not their first language, and are 21 years of age or older. You do not have to be an American citizen, but must have a green card. For more information or to register, contact Questar’s Workforce Development office at (518) 273-2264. More information.


Capital District EOC logo

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) offers tuition-free academic and workforce development programs, including Building Trades, College Preparation, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, English as a Second Language, High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation, Medical Office Administration (MOA), Nursing Assistant, Security Guard Training, and Welding. Phone: (518) 273-1900, EOC brochure (pdf).


Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County logo

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) provides tutoring to help individuals learn to read, to write, and speak English, and to improve their math skills. English Literacy Civics, Sewing & English, a telephone partner program, and Citizenship preparation classes are also available. All services are free and offered in several locations around Rensselaer County. Contact LVORC at (518) 274-8526.


US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants logo

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Albany Field Office USCRI Albany offers new refugees interpretation and translation services, training, workshops, and a Job Club.


Online Resources

GCF Learn Free logo

Free online English lessons from GCF LearnFree.org. This resource provides instructions in Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Portuguese, and other languages.

Merriam-Webster dictionaries logo

Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary and Visual Dictionary are great resources for students of English. Both allow you to listen to the pronunciation of a word, and the Visual Dictionary includes labeled pictures.dictionary example: breads


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OWL Writing Lab: English as a Second Language offers writing tips and strategies for students learning English and for instructors teaching ESL students.


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Study Guide for the U.S. Citizenship Test is offered free from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. This site also offers Translations of Citizenship Test Questions in many languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Burmese, Thai, Hindi and others.


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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. At this site, you can download study material and find eligibility and application/process information.

*Guide to Naturalization

*Make and Appointment with USCIS

Best All-In-One Resources

These web sites offer resources and services in many different categories. They give you the most “bang for your buck.”

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Career OneStop offers a huge collection of tools and resources for job seekers: explore careers, locate training, find local assistance, search for jobs, and access many helpful tools for job seekers. Special sections for veterans, young adults, and workers with specific challenges. Free.

Find out more about Career OneStop in this short video:


GCF Learn Free

GCF Learn Free offers hundreds of lessons and tutorials in technology, math, reading, careers, job search, and life skills, all for free.

New York Job Zone

New York State JobZone offers an all-in-one system to assess your career interests, find your employability score, learn about high-demand jobs, create a resume, search for jobs, and keep track your job search. You can also chat with a career advisor. Create a free, optional account to make the most of this resource.

Learn how to calculate your employability score in this short JobZonevideo:

Career Preparation Toolkit

Identify your strengths and goals to find potential career matches. Learn new skills to help you get there.

Career Exploration

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CareerOneStop’s free Get My Future Interest Assessment features 30 quick questions, takes about 5 minutes, and shows you careers that might be best for you.

GCF Learn Free logo

GCF LearnFree Career Planning & Salary module is a free tutorial supplying career help and career advice if you’re looking for a job, planning a change, or looking to gain skills.

NYS Department of Labor Statistics logo

New York State Department of Labor’s Labor Statistics page offers a wealth of information for those planning a career in New York State. Learn which industries are growing fastest throughout the state or in specific regions, such as the Capital District. Find out which private companies in our area hire the most employees. See long- and short-term employment projections, and much more.

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Gale Vocations and Career Collection allows you to search for articles and information about careers or industries that interest you. This collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals. (Requires an Upper Hudson Library card to use from home.)

Education and Skill-Building
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Use Webucator to build expertise in one or more computer programs, including Microsoft Office, Adobe, Java. See the reference desk for a free voucher code.

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EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. (MOOCs- Massive Open Online Courses- are free non-degree online courses with open, unlimited global enrollment to anyone who desires to learn, regardless of their current educational level.) Courses are free, but you can choose to purchase a certificate of completion for completed courses. Coursera is another source for free online classes.


Exam Preparation: Guides and Practice Tests
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Gale Virtual Reference Library features full-text ebook versions of many popular career exam guides. Go directly to the Test Prep & College Readiness collection, or explore all available ebook titles. (Requires a valid Upper Hudson Library System card to use.)

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Overdrive offers downloadable ebooks and audiobooks in a range of fiction and nonfiction subjects. Select the Subjects tab to browse the Study Aids & Workbooks collection. You may also find helpful titles in the Business, Career, Education, and Technology collections. Overdrive help and tutorials are available here. (Requires a valid Upper Hudson Library System card to use.)

Job Search Toolkit

Use these resources to create resumes and cover letters, hone your interview skills, learn about Civil Service opportunities, and search for job openings.

Resumes & Letters

Cypress Resume: Resumes Made Easy! Available free in the library or at home with your library card, Cypress Resume allows you to complete your resume, cover letter, and reference list in minutes with minimal writing.  Choose from over 20,000 job and skills related entries.  Download, edit, publish, and save.

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Job Search Writing from the OWL: Online Writing Lab of Purdue University. The OWL is an excellent guide for all types of writing, and the Job Search section contains all the information you need to write resumes and job related letters. It even provides instructions for creating video resumes!

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Vault.com has a useful guide to cover letters and many free cover letter templates that you can download to Microsoft Word and customize with your own information. Need assistance downloading or editing a sample cover letter? Stop by the library reference desk- we’ll be happy to help.


Interviews
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Interview4.ME offers a free practice interview site for job seekers. Create a free account with your name and email (no further personal information is required) and record yourself answering several practice interview questions. View your practice interview and then re-record until you have it just right. Your interview remains private unless you choose to share it with others, like a friend, parent, adviser, or career professional who can give you feedback.


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New York State Department of Civil Service. See state civil service job postings and testing information.  Also check out the civil service study guides section, Test Guides & Resources Booklets for Local Examinations.

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USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s official jobs site. Search by job, federal agency, or location. A recent sample search for jobs within a 20 mile radius of East Greenbush NY brought up over 50 results.


Search for Jobs

 

 

 

 

 

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Search Capital Area Help Wanted to find job postings throughout the Capital District area.

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Indeed.com is a large job search website that lists job openings throughout the nation. With a free Indeed.com account, you may upload your resume and use it to apply instantly to jobs.

Times Union and Monster job search logo

Times Union’s Jobs Site provides job searching through Monster.com, notices of upcoming job fairs, and several career related blogs.


Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce logo

The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Congress offers a free, searchable Job & Volunteer Board.  The Capital Region Chamber does too! Check it out here.

Did You Know?

New York Public Library card

Did you know that, as a resident of New York State, you are eligible for a New York Public Library card? With your card, you may logon to many of the New York Public Library’s databases from home or from your local library. For adult learners and job seekers, this opens a world of premium materials for your use:

  • Career Cruising (Career assessments, career profiles, resume builder, and more)
  • Learning Express Library (Prepare for career exams and take practice exams, prepare for US Citizenship, prepare for High School Equivalency, learn job seeking and interview skills, and much more)
  • Lynda.com (Online education)

See NYPL’s instructions page for more information and to apply for your card. While you are waiting for your card to arrive in the mail, take a look at NYPL’s Education and Employment “Best of the Web” links.