This winter, The Seattle Public Library is hosting the Ready to Work program. You can get help with job hunting, learning English, computer skills and more.

Ready to Work classes will take place from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 7 to March 14 at the Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1906.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the branch parking lot. Registration is required, call 206-386-1906 to sign up. The deadline to register for winter quarter classes is Dec. 26.

The Ready to Work program is for Seattle residents who are low income and want to learn English, learn computer skills or get a job. The program helps people with very limited English (ESOL levels 1-3) work towards economic self-sufficiency.

Ready to Work classes take place four days a week. They combine English language learning with job placement services and ongoing work skills training. Here's what you'll learn in class:

  • Exploring different careers
  • Job-hunting skills
  • Communicating at work
  • Planning next steps in work and education

This program is presented in partnership with the city of Seattle, HomeSight, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Seattle Colleges and Literacy Source. Our goal is to empower and support immigrants, refugees and others to overcome barriers to reach milestones on their difficult journey to economic stability, quality jobs and integration into life in Seattle.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with community organizations to offer classes and workshops that are accessible to all.