Texas libraries are invited to apply for Howard County Library System’s (HCLS) Pathways to Success: Professional Development for Skilled New Americans library cohort. The purpose of this program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is to provide training using HCLS’s Pathways to Success model(s) so that other libraries can start or enhance their services to New Americans to decrease unemployment and underemployment in their communities. Participating libraries will receive a $2,000 stipend, they would need to commit to the project for one year, and the training portion that will take place from October 2023 through May 2024 involves the following for participating libraries:
- Devote approximately three hours per month to the project, including attendance in one 6-hour training to learn about the four service models.
- Attend a minimum of three advisory board meetings and three intake interviews of skilled immigrants.
- Observe a minimum of three 1-hour language and/or workforce preparation classes.
- Meet bimonthly with the project team to draft and refine plans for local implementation of service models.
- Complete an evaluation questionnaire of the training at the conclusion of the project, and a follow-up survey 12 weeks after the training.
If you are interested in this opportunity, complete the Application for Howard County Library’s Pathways to Success Library Cohort before the September 22 deadline. HCLS will interview library applicants during the week of September 25, and it will notify libraries of their acceptance on October 8, 2023.
For any questions about joining HCLS’ cohort, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410.313.7900. Also, see the flyers below about the program and the next cohort: