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NJ’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative Prepares 3 New Employees Hired by CDM Electronics

Grant-Funded Program Helps NJ Employers Find and Hire New Employees with CPT Training and Certifications

New Jersey resident Derek Harvey saw little future in his former off-and-on-again job as a temporary, non-union cement mixer.

Today, thanks to a big assist from NJ’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative, Harvey has been lifted out of that rut.

Along the way, he has discovered his previously unexplored potential as a certified production technician and solderer.

Harvey is among three individuals recently hired as certified production technicians (CPTs) and solderers by CDM Electronics in Turnersville, NJ, following training provided by adjunct professors with Rowan College at Gloucester County.

Thanks to advanced manufacturing training courtesy of a Ready to Work NJ grant, Derek Harvey (left), Fatimah King, and Joseph Monaghan are now gainfully employed with CDM Electronics in Turnersville

In addition to Harvey, who lives in Willamstown, CDM Electronics hired Fatimah King of Lindenwold and Joseph Monaghan of Pennsville. Like Harvey, King and Monaghan had been unemployed for at least six months, which qualified them for the training program.

The customized CPT and soldering training was underwritten with a federal Ready to Work grant provided by the NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. The Consortium manages the state’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative, and its 19 community college members provide the training.

The on-demand training program matches businesses in need of skilled workers with job seekers who have been trained and certified in required skill sets. The Consortium has delivered on-demand training for scores of companies in the technology, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing industries that subsequently have hired hundreds of previously unemployed people.

The training program also provided CDM Electronics with reimbursement for some initial on-the-job training for its three new hires. The global company manufactures cable assemblies and other “interconnect” products for some of the nation’s leading military contractors, airplane manufacturers, communications and medical-equipment makers, and alternative energy providers.

The company turned to the NJ Community College consortium for help in the training and hiring of the three new manufacturing technicians, needed to staff a second-shift expansion of its Turnersville facility.

As for Harvey, King and Monaghan, the days of dead-end jobs and layoffs are thankfully in the rearview mirror. Harvey is now attending engineering classes and is also working part-time as a CPT instructor. Monaghan aspires to move up to either a sales or project-management role with CDM Electronics.

With CPT skills under her belt, King has returned to school to earn a BA in business management.  She loves here new job and envisions a bright future where she can lead by example to help drive her employer’s continued growth.

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