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The Brentwood Public Library Career Development Center has helped many people through the years define their career goals, provide assistance to those seeking higher education, and offer direct contact with employers through biannual job fairs.

Through the myriad of services offered by the library’s Career Development Center, Jose-Rodrigo Hernandez, bilingual librarian and career center coordinator, has assisted patrons who return to share their success stories with him.

“The variety of patrons that come to use our services are incredible; I recently helped a gentleman who is a bio-chemical engineer from Columbia update his resume to align with the American resume style,” stated Mr. Hernandez. “There is another man who is an engineer that comes in for help applying for engineering jobs. While his primary language is Spanish, and he may not speak English, he speaks French, German, and Italian because he studied Romance Languages in college.

In addition to English and Spanish, Mr. Hernandez also speaks French, which he uses to his advantage in helping the library’s Haitian/Francophone community.  “As the son of immigrants who used the library extensively to learn English and ask for assistance when they didn't know where else to turn, I feel greatly fulfilled in being the contact person for patrons in the community,” said Mr. Hernandez.

  
SUCCESS STORY: TOGO MAN ADVANCES IN THE HEALTH FIELD
• A patron from Togo was looking for assistance in applying for a job as a Home Health Aide. Mr.Hernandez helped him with filling out an online application, and then later assisted him in having his credits evaluated. “Being from a French speaking country, he thinks it’s a great help that I speak French and can help translate information he desires,” said Mr. Hernandez. He has now done his Financial Aid and applied to Suffolk Community College, where he will take classes to get a license as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

SUCCESS STORY: RETURNING TO SCHOOL
• Another patron used the computers at the library to find a job as a Home Health Aide. She also had assistance in applying to college after being out of school for seven years, and will now be attending College in North Carolina in the fall.

 SUCCESS STORY: STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS
• A patron has used the computers at the library for a period of two years. He came to the library with no knowledge of the computer. Taking one-on-one computer classes, he practiced every day on typing and looking for jobs online. Now, he is an advanced computer user starting a small business via craigslist repairing phones and reselling at a profit. “I’m happy to note that the CDC has partnered with the Stony Brook Development Center, where a Bilingual English-Spanish Small Business Advisor consults future or current entrepreneurs for free at the Brentwood Library,” said Mr. Hernandez.

SUCCESS STORY: FROM UNEMPLOYED TO GAINFULLY EMPLOYED
• In January there was a patron who had been recently laid off. He had never made a resume, and the library helped him put his job history into a resume for him to give to prospective employers. With the Career Development Center’s help, he was able to get a job as a School District Mechanic, repairing school buses. He now comes in every few days to use the library’s car repair database, AllData, which helps guide him with repair projects at work.

SUCCESS STORY: USING TECHNOLOGY TO SUCCEED
• A patron comes in and uses LinkedIn to cultivate his professional network for Medical Public Speaking and Seminars. Since he started using the library, he has amassed over 500 professional connections and is currently meeting prospective doctors to initiate his first seminars in New York.

For further information about the Brentwood Public Library Career Development Center, contact Jose-Rodrigo Hernandez at 631-273-7883, ext. 330.