Friday, August 26, 2016

Free Computer Classes and Career Assistance Available

During September, Project Self-Sufficiency will offer classes in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and QuickBooks, as well as seminars designed for goal exploration, skills assessment and interpersonal growth.  Separate sessions will be held for both women and men.  Special courses for senior citizens will also be available.  All courses will take place in the agency’s Career Center, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.   With the exception of the course for seniors, all classes are free; the course fee for seniors who are not agency participants is $25.  There is a $10 course fee for participants in the Men’s Employment Lab. 

Introductory and advanced courses in Microsoft Word will be offered.  The introductory Microsoft Word class will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, September 7th – 26th, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  An advanced Microsoft Word course is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays, September 7th – 26th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  A combination Microsoft I & II course will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 6th – 22nd, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Students will learn word-processing techniques, including the creation of professional-looking letters, faxes, newsletters and other documents, as well as the use of mail merge features used to print mailing labels and address letters to multiple recipients.  Completion of the introductory course is a prerequisite for the advanced class.

An introductory Microsoft Excel course is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 6th – 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Instruction will include the creation of spreadsheets, databases and workbooks for use in tracking inventory, sorting data and creating mailing lists.  Students will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide rows and columns using formulas and become adept at storing, managing and interpreting data. 

A course in QuickBooks Accounting Software will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 13th – 29th, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Students will learn how to organize personal or business finances, track orders and payments, generate invoices, monitor and manage expenses and produce sophisticated reports and sales forecasts. 

Seniors can familiarize themselves with personal computers, learn how to use email and safely navigate the internet with “Better with Technology,” which will be offered on Fridays, September 16th – 30th,  from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  This class is open to agency participants as well as seniors from the public.

A special Men’s Employment Lab will be offered on Wednesdays, September 7th – 28th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Participants will receive assessment testing, discuss short and long-term employment goals, obtain basic computer instruction, and get help with resume development and job search techniques.  There is a $10 fee for this course.

The Career Center at Project Self-Sufficiency is now offering participants new courses designed to maximize personal and professional skills, while combining career assessments, training and access to employment opportunities.  The new Career, Education & Employment Foundations course bundles goal-setting exercises with introductory computer training and career seminars.  Upon completion, students are poised to move on to more advanced computer training or enter the workforce.  Separate sessions are available.  Daytime courses will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, September 7th – 14th, or September 19th – 28th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  For those who prefer an evening schedule, the group will gather on Wednesday evenings, September 7th – 28th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The agency’s new Foundations for Personal Success series guides participants through interpersonal skills, such as anger management, effective communication, and establishing healthy relationships, as well as reviewing nutrition, social media and other topics.  Daytime courses will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 6th – 15th, or September 20th – 29th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  A separate evening session will meet on Tuesdays, September 6th – 27th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The agency also offers a series of seminars on Fridays, from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m., covering topics such as “Resumes & Cover Letters”, “Interviewing Skills”, “Job Search”, “Financial Management”, and “Careering 101.”  Project Self-Sufficiency’s Career Center also offers help with obtaining a GED; job training for women, teens and young adults; career counseling and assessment; Job Start and Job Search services.   Interested participants are encouraged to contact the agency for a schedule.

All computer classes at the agency are open to registered Family Success Center and Project Self-Sufficiency participant; the course for seniors is also open to members of the public.  To inquire about eligibility, or to find out more about the computer courses, seminars or career fairs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500, or visit

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Free Legal Advice Available at Project Self-Sufficiency

Private meetings with an attorney are available at Project Self-Sufficiency to those who may need advice about divorce, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant issues, or other topics.  Individual consultations will be offered at 45-minute intervals on Thursdays, September 1st – 29th, between the hours of 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The sessions are free and open to area residents who meet income eligibility requirements; consultations are by appointment only.  To make an appointment for a legal consultation or to find out more about the other services available at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.  Information about Project Self-Sufficiency is also available at

Monday, August 22, 2016

Free College Assistance Information Sessions

Information sessions regarding the Campus to Campus initiative offered by Project Self-Sufficiency in conjunction with Sussex County Community College will be held in September.  Free child care, basic skills testing, counseling, campus tours, test anxiety support, access to financial aid and scholarships, and other services are available through the program.  Interested adults are invited to attend Information Sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 6th and 8th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; or September 20th and 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; or from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on September 6th and 20th.  

The Campus to Campus program is designed to help potential students overcome the challenges that are preventing them from taking the next steps towards college and a career.  These local women and men can include young adults who have never enrolled or older adults who did not attend college for a variety of reasons.  If assessment testing has been an obstacle, the College Board Accuplacer exam, a suite of tests which accurately assesses reading, writing, math and computer skills, can now be administered at Project Self-Sufficiency.

To register for a Campus to Campus Information Session, take the Accuplacer exam, or to find out more about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit or call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.