The Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development is unique in the United States. It was founded in 2004 by the State’s community colleges to provide coordinated one-stop statewide education and training services to businesses and industries based on the “New Jersey Community Colleges Compact”, an Executive Order signed in 2003 that created a new statewide partnership between the State of New Jersey and its 19 community colleges. The Compact designates New Jersey’s community colleges as the preferred provider of training and for workforce development and business attraction programs.
Through the Consortium, New Jersey businesses and organizations have one-point access to all of the vast resources of the community colleges, including over 1,700 programs taught by highly qualified faculty with business and industry experience. With 64 campuses statewide, there is a community college facility within 20 to 25 minutes of where every resident lives or works in the state. Companies can access, develop, and receive workforce education and training for their current and emerging employees. The Consortium will also assist New Jersey businesses and organizations at no cost with the development and submission of NJ customized training grant applications.
In addition, the Consortium has entered into an agreement with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the State’s premier bachelor and graduate technical university, to provide advanced training for Consortium clients.
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