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Advanced Manufacturing

GAINS grant – “Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors”

The NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development was awarded a $983,000 apprenticeship grant by the NJ Dept of Labor in March 2019. The purpose of the grant is to help upgrade the skills of employees and improve retention by offering formal apprenticeship programs that lead to career pathways at our community colleges through related education. The grant provides $2,00...
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Thousands of NJ Companies Have Received Grant-Funded Training for Their Employees and New Hires

More than 125 Manufacturers Have Hired Graduates of the Community College Consortium’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative In a world where employers struggle to find and train qualified employees, Kellogg’s Frozen Foods in Blue Anchor, NJ, has a different story to tell. So does Linde Electronics & Specialty Gases in Phillipsburg and McIntosh Industries Inc. in Hillside—not to men...
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Kellogg’s Frozen Foods Fills 17 Positions through Ready to Work NJ’s Manufacturing Training Program

NJ Labor Department Chief of Staff Gary Hasenbalg was not speechless - but he was amazed. "We have a 100 percent success rate here today," Hasenbalg told 18 recent graduates of a Certified Production Technician (CPT) class at Rowan College of Gloucester County. "What I've never witnessed before is a place where every graduate will walk through those doors knowing they are going to work the next...
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Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative Finds the Right Employees for Elevator-Motor-Repair Company in Hillside

At McIntosh Industries Inc. in Hillside, a large elevator motor from the 110-story Sears Willis Tower in Chicago lies on a flatbed truck awaiting repair in the company's loading dock. A niche player in the nation's elevator servicing industry, McIntosh has landed yet another impressive contract, this one to repair an elevator motor from North America's tallest building. As its business has e...
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Trainees at Raritan Valley Community College Are First To Get Metal Fabrication Instruction in New Mobile Learning Lab

The 11 trainees huddled in New Jersey's first mobile manufacturing training classroom worked quickly to solve the kind of math problem they aspired one day to solve as newly employed CNC metal-fabrication machine operators. Jonti Pizarro, 24, of Asbury Park was among those who received a high-five "knuckle bump" from Raritan Valley Community College instructor Conrad Mercurius for getting the ...
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Cumberland County College Trains the Unemployed For Good Paying Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing

Cumberland County College is on the front lines of advanced manufacturing, training the chronically unemployed in production, quality and safety so they can get good paying jobs in South Jersey’s food and glass industries. Over the past two years, lead instructor Gerald Bose has trained more than 80 people, young and old, who were all anxious to find work. The 150 hours of instruction ends in a...
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Formerly Unemployed, Graduates of Community College Manufacturing Training Program Reinvent Themselves as Modern Factory Workers

Not long ago, Ron Oliver of Englewood and Joel Shapiro of Lyndhurst counted themselves among the millions of Americans torn from good jobs and careers by the Great Recession. "This is a total reinvention of myself," said Joel Shapiro, 56, who formerly was a warehouse manager. "I look forward to excelling in a new life."Today, they are among a new breed of production workers who, thanks to a tra...
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