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NJWorks@yourlibrary is a campaign developed by the New Jersey State Library, to showcase the resources and opportunities being offered through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant received by the New Jersey State Library.
NJWorks.org has now become a clearinghouse for a number of job-related resources, support groups, and training available at libraries and other community centers across the state. NJWorks.org continues to grow and we will continue to offer a wealth of information to aid in the job-seeking efforts of New Jersey's unemployed and underemployed.
The New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College, has received a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) award in the Public Computer Center category.
The award consists of $5.1 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and matching funds of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave an additional $150,000 to the New Jersey State Library to support E-rate technical assistance, which will help sustain the project's services.
The goal of the program is to help in the economic recovery of the state by giving libraries the tools they need to expand services to the unemployed and underemployed by enhancing training opportunities, broadband capability and workstation availability in New Jersey libraries. It is estimated that more than five million New Jersey residents will be served through this initiative over the three years of the grant project.