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  1. The JCFPL is now operating on expanded hours and services. Please visit our reopening page for more information and updates.
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Upcoming Events:
Phishing and Cybersecurity Best Practices
Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 5:00 PM

Join Theresa Miascura, Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst
from the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell.

This one-hour presentation provides an understanding of phishing, tactics and techniques, and how individuals and organizations can best protect themselves from phishing attacks

Register here: https://bit.ly/3i1Ynkf

YearUP New Jersey Information Session
Thursday, November 11, 2021

5:00 PM

Join Jose Rodriguez as he discusses the YearUp NJ Program at Hudson County Community CollegeYear Up provides free technology, business, and finance management opportunities, access to corporate mentors, and paid internships in order for young adults (18-26) to jumpstart their professional careers. Through a combination of paid career technical and professional development training, and a paid internship, young adults find themselves in a full-time career immediately or shortly after graduation. Many different pathways and training length options are available

Join us on Zoom: https://bit.ly/jcfploct5

Liberated Success Presents: Succeeding in the Workplace: A Workshop Series
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

4:45 PM

Liberated Success, Inc.'s mission is to empower Gen Z'ers in the building of their career toolkit, with techniques to succeed in any work environment. This 5 part workshop series will cover: Communication & Workplace Culture, Workplace Technology, Teamwork & Collaboration, Maintaining a Positive Attitude, Receiving Praise, Criticism and Feedback. Participants will leave this workshop series empowered with the self-determination to succeed in their career.

November 9: Maintaining a Positive Attitude : Participants will learn about workplace etiquette and the importance of developing a work ethic.

November 23: Praise, Criticism, and Feedback: Participants will understand how to respond to praise, criticism, and feedback that shows up in the workplace.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3lZhVsl

Introduction to Microsoft Word
Monday, November 15, 2021

5:00 PM

Join College and Career Readiness for Introduction to Microsoft Word, a workshop to learn the basics of creating text-based documents in Microsoft Word. The workshop will cover opening, saving, formatting, and editing documents, and more.

JCFPL HSE/TASC Program Information Session
Monday, November 15, 2021

7:00 PM

The Jersey City Free Public Library Literacy Program provides adults high school equivalency classes to take the TASC Test (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). In this program, we primarily provide one-on-one instruction online through Skype for Math and English Language Arts. Registration begins online through our website in December for the Spring 2022 semester. For further information, please go to https://www.jclibrary.org/library-resources/literacy-program to ensure you have all documentation for registration.

HCCC Nursing Program Information Session
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

5:00 PM

Join Lisa Cieckiewicz-McCall, Nursing Admissions Coordinator at Hudson County Community College to talk about the RN Program at HCCC. Topics covered will be admissions requirements, program description, curriculum outline, and program requirements. There will be time for question and answer at the end of the session.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3aVQY25

Resume Writing Workshop
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

4:30 PM

Join the Jersey City Free Public Library College Readiness Team to learn how to create a dynamic resume that will set you apart from the rest of the crowd!
Attendees will learn how to create and update their resume using Microsoft Word, as well as key resume writing tips to make sure your resume gets noticed.
The College Readiness Team will be available for one-on-one sessions to review, edit, and provide suggestions to people who bring their resumes to the workshop, after the resume writing overview.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3FGEABh

How to Reduce College Costs: Strategies You Need to Know
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

7:00 PM

Join MyCollegePlanningTeam for a workshop that introduces little-known financial strategies parents can use to reduce college costs, improve admissions chances, and increase scholarship opportunities. Learn income, asset, and borrowing tools as well as the new FAFSA rules and how they will impact what you pay for college.

Register on Zoom: https://bit.ly/jerseycity17

Jersey City Employment and Training Program Information Session
Thursday, November 18, 2021

5:00 PM

Join Helena Muhammad from the Jersey City Employment and Training Program for an information session on the number of workshops they provide to help individuals assess their talents and training needs in preparation for a new career, including: Occupational Skills Training, Skills Upgrade, Job Readiness Training, and Adult Remedial Education, as well as programs that serve Out of School Youth (18-21) and In -School Youth (14-16)

Register on Zoom: https://bit.ly/3G1x8kl

LearningExpress Database Tutorial with Ms. Vanessa
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

5:00 PM
Community events:

Download HCCC's enrollment guide on your device. This document contains everything you need to know about enrollment/getting started at HCCC.

Databases / Study Help

Tutor.com, provided by Princeton Review, is a free one-to-one online tutoring service connecting students to qualified tutors from any internet-enabled device seven days a week. Students can get help with any kind of academic question in math, science, English, social studies and writing, as well as drop off papers or homework questions for review by a professional. In addition to homework help, Tutor.com offers prep for SAT and ACT exams, as well as Advanced Placement and GRE. Career guidance and counselling services are also available, both live with a career coach, or remote through a resume drop-off service.

LearningExpress Library provides preparation with courses for core academic skills such as English, math, science, and writing, and for older students, college placement exam prep for the SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement exams, plus the TOEFL iBT. Those seeking career guidance and assistance will also find occupational certification courses, core skills courses for adults; and job search and career change information and tools. Jersey City Free Public Library also offers LearningExpress Library modules in Spanish.

Are you looking to enter the job market, change jobs, or find career information? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook can help! Learn about the work, education and training requirements, advancement opportunities, employment, salary, and 10-year job outlook for hundreds of occupations. The Handbook also lists related occupations and more information sources.

Additional Resources

Visit Digital.com, a free online resource for students as they prepare to embark on their professional endeavors.

Who we are
The College and Career Readiness Team launched in Spring of 2020, to prepare residents of Jersey City both for higher education, as well as their beginning, or continuing their careers. We believe that no matter what our patrons are planning to do during, or after high school, and into the future, they should be able to choose the college and career pathway that will lead them to success.
What we do

• We find and share vital information that makes your college search easy.
• We provide tips on how to get into college, including guidance on your personal statement.
• Our knowledgeable staff assists with SAT preparation
• We are here to answer questions via email and telephone about the college admission process.
• We share valuable materials and tools that students need to pursue their college goals.

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What You'll Find
• Access to SAT preparation videos, scholarships.
• Personal statement advice, tips on getting college grants.
• Things to know before you leave for college.
What we offer
• We help with applying for scholarships to help reduce the high cost of college.
• We have links to share a variety of avenues to help pay for college.
• Our staff can help you develop good study habits and time management.
• Unsure what college is the best fit for you? Our website offers easy to find information about the various colleges in the area and across the US.
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Why College Matters
We understand that going to college is a big decision but the articles below explain the short- and long-term benefits of going to college. The College Readiness staff is here to help you reach your college dreams.
Why College Is Worth It
UNIGO is your source for over 3.6 million available scholarships and grants to help you fund your college education
The Impact of a College Education
Since the UNCF’s founding in 1944, they have helped to more than double the number of minorities attending college. The six-year graduation rate for UNCF African American scholarship recipient is 70%. This is 11% higher than the national average and 31% higher than the national average for all African Americans.
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Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources:

Follow these links to find out how you can get money for school.

Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid is your one-stop-shop for all types of government financial aid, including loans for graduate programs. Federal Student Aid will walk you through the types of aid available, your eligibility, and offers financial awareness counselling sessions for prospective and current students and parents.
The most vital step in applying for federal grants, work-study, and loans for college is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.

FinAid
FinAid is the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools. Finaid’s custom calculators can help you figure out how much school will cost, how much you need to save and how much aid you’ll need, as well as a comprehensive scholarship database.

The College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization created to expand access to higher education. Membership consists of over 6,000 educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

CollegeSource Online
CollegeSource Online is a database of 155,320 digital college catalogs, institution profiles, transcript keys, and other resources accessible digitally, in order to help you select the right college or transfer institution. CollegeSource also provides a number of webinars dedicated to the process of college applications, college transfers, and academic advisement.

Niche.com
Niche does rigorous analysis on large data sets, combining them with feedback from our community for nuanced insight that can't be found anywhere else. This allows them to provide the most comprehensive list of available scholarships on the Internet.

FastWeb
FastWeb’s goal for the past 25 years has been to eliminate the “search” from the scholarship search, finding scholarships that match the qualifications and interests of each student that they serve

UNCF
Thirty-seven historically black colleges and universities belong to the UNCF network of member institutions. UNCF provides these colleges and universities with a range of support that enables them to keep their academic programs strong and their tuitions affordable. As a result of this support, member institutions educate more than 60,000 students each year and have produced more than 450,000 graduates with the help of UNCF.

AIE
AIE is a public service website developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. These free resources for students and their families are designed to help students find the right school for them, finance their education, develop career goals, manage their money, and graduate into a life full of opportunities

Contact us directly at: collegereadiness@jclibrary.org