New Jersey’s 18 community colleges are committed to create an aligned education and workforce development ecosystem focused on ensuring that all residents have accessible and affordable education and training pathways that lead to family-supporting jobs and careers to create a more equitable and resilient economy.
New Jersey residents deserve seamless access to education and training pathways that yield industry-valued credentials. Navigating those pathways is difficult even in good times. But with accelerating changes in the workforce needs of employers and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labor market, developing an dynamic state workforce development strategy and education ecosystem has become uniquely challenging – and essential.
We launched a broad and important effort to promote the earning of stackable, industry-valued credentials by designing and offering robust and inclusive pathways that will be guided by industry-specific employer leadership groups and informed by cutting-edge labor market data. This effort focuses on the development of Pathway and Skills Collaborativesin the state’s leading industries:
Pathway and Skills Collaboratives: Pathway Tuesdays
Pathway Tuesdays explore opportunities within each collaborative to strengthen training and education, develop talent pipelines needed to support statewide economic recovery and advance the development of relevant pathway maps with industry valued credentials.
The Collaboratives brought together leaders of industry, workforce development organizations, vocational-technical high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and community-based organizations.