Port Austin Township Library

Workforce Development Resources


Workforce Development Resources

Basic Computer Skills
Job Seekers
Financial Literacy
Small Business and Entrepreneurship
General Assistance and Social Services

Basic Computer Skills

Goodwill Community Foundation – innovative online learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve technology, literacy and math skills necessary for success. http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

Microsoft Digital Literacy – e-learning course for absolute beginners starting with the first course they need to begin to use a computer. http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/citizenship/giving/programs/up/digitalliteracy/eng/BasicCurriculum.mspx#computerbasicscourse

Common Craft Tutorials – learn the basics about a wide variety of computer and technology basics. http://www.commoncraft.com/videos#technology

Computer and Internet Basics Tutorials – links to variety of online resources to help newbies and others learn computer software basics.  From the Flint Public Library. http://www.flint.lib.mi.us/computers/tutorials.shtml

Mouse Aerobics – online tutorial to help newbies learn how to use a mouse from the Monroe County Library System. http://monroe.lib.mi.us/computer_classes/mouse_exercise/mouse_exercise.htm

Computer Tutorials – a web guide with links to listings of computer tutorials including Microsoft applications, Internet searching, email, typing and using a mouse. Compiled by Newark Public Library. http://nplwebguides.pbworks.com/w/page/5673363/Computer%20Tutorials

Visual Tutorials – assistance learning Microsoft programs and other computer technology using pictures. http://inpics.net/

Job Seekers

Michigan Talent Bank – search for job openings or post your resume https://www.michworks.org/mtb/user/MTB_EMPL.EntryMainPage

Michigan Works Agency Locator Map - http://michiganworks.org/agencies/map/

Job & Career Accelerator – explore job profiles, create resumes and cover letters, assess interests and find jobs. (Click on the link on the left to access the program.) http://mel.org/index.php

Michigan eLibrary Business and Jobs Gateway - http://mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResourcesBusiness&ParentId=832

Michigan eLibrary statewide job search resources - http://www.mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResources&ParentId=425

Opportunity.gov - new Educational opportunities for the unemployed


Career Zone Write Your Resume – from New York a one-stop way to create a resume and export it in pdf, or MS Word. http://www.nycareerzone.org/cz/resources/jobseeker/resume.jsp

Cover Letter Generator - http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/cover_letter/

My Skills, My Future from the U.S. Department of Labor http://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/

O*Net Resource Center - Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. http://www.onetcenter.org/

USA Jobs – Official Jobsite of the U.S. Government http://www.usajobs.gov/

LEARN - a free university e-learning and career re-branding courses for unemployed Michigan workers with a goal of preparing unemployed Michiganders to re-enter the workforce with a new career. http://www.50plusprime.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/learn.home.cfm

Financial Literacy

Michigan eLibrary Personal Assistance Resources – http://mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResources&ParentId=875

MyMoney.gov - U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. http://www.mymoney.gov/

Greenpath – debt counseling and consolidation information http://www.greenpath.com/home.htm

Money Smart a Financial Education Program – an easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/mscbi/mscbi.html

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Small Business Administration – The United State Small Business Administration provides programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed in small business.  http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/counseling-training

Small Business Administration Michigan District Office - http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3121

Michigan Business One Stop - information on starting and maintaining a business in Michigan.  http://www.michigan.gov/business

Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs – help from the Harvard Business School http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/3348.html

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center – get counseling, find training and other assistance with beginning a business. http://misbtdc.org/

Entrepreneurs and Innovators Web Portal from Michigan Economic Development Corporation – find small business start up resources. http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Entrepreneurs-and-Innovators/

General Assistance and Social Services

Michigan Helping Hand - site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need.  http://michigan.gov/helpinghand

United Way 211 - free and confidential information and referral help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. http://www.211.org/

Michigan Department of Human Services – food assistance information http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5527---,00.html

Michigan Department of Community Health - How Can I Get Free or Low Cost Health Care for Me & My Family? http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2943_52115---,00.html

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – veteran’s assistance programs http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,1607,7-126-2362---,00.html

Michigan Unemployment Services and Benefits - http://www.michigan.gov/uia/

Webcasts for Unemployed Workers - http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,1607,7-118-53900-219607--,00.html The webcasts are designed to inform residents about Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency programs and services, and in some cases serve as guides or tutorials.

Michigan Attorney General Brochure on Avoiding Foreclosure - http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ag/Avoiding_Foreclosure_Brochure_215948_7.pdf

Foreclosure Resources – links from the Dearborn Heights Public Library on avoiding foreclosure. http://www.ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us/lib_irforeclosure.cfm

Michigan State Housing Development Authority - http://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,1607,7-141--235359--,00.html

Michigan eLibrary: Michigan Personal Finance Resources – links to assistance sites for foreclosure, credit and more. http://mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResources&ParentId=923