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Stakeholders invited to attend the NJ Pathways to Career Opportunities virtual meeting on Wednesday, January 19th

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The Community Colleges of New Jersey and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association are hosting a virtual meeting of New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities on Wednesday, January 19.

The event, taking place between 9am and 12pm via Zoom, will invite and gather industrial and educational partners to develop innovative strategies to ensure economic growth for the state’s businesses and economic mobility for residents.

Representatives from business and industry associations, chambers of commerce, unions, workforce development boards, vocational high schools, four-year colleges and universities, and community-based training providers are all encouraged to attend.

“The community colleges of New Jersey and NJBIA are undertaking an unprecedented collaboration to meet the rapidly changing needs of employers,” said Dr. Aaron R. Fichtner, President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.

“The New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities Initiative will provide students and workers with the education and career paths they need to ensure New Jersey has the most skilled and educated workforce in the state. We appreciate the feedback we receive from our many stakeholders. This is a new day for the New Jersey economy,” Fichtner said.

“This meeting is important because business leaders need to be part of the process to lead the education of our future workforce,” said Chrissy Buteas, NJBIA’s chief government affairs officer. “Your participation in educating stakeholders about the current and future needs of their industry is of great value to this program. Our collective bargaining partnerships are key to our country’s success for the growth of our economy.”

The New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities was launched last month by the NJCCC and NJBIA as a transformational initiative aimed at realigning the state’s education system to build an innovative workforce.

The program will bring together employers, industry associations, unions, educational institutions and human resource development partners to provide students and workers with structured pathways to seek career opportunities and ensure employers have access to a highly skilled workforce to meet the critical needs of the labor market.

To register for Wednesday’s virtual convocation, click here.

Learn more about the New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities Initiative

New Jersey’s Pathways to Career Opportunities Initiative will position the state to recover from this public health and economic crisis by building strong industry-driven education and training pathways that will form the foundation of the state’s economy for years to come will; developing a skilled workforce able to adapt to the changing economy; and adults the opportunity to acquire new skills and careers.

This will be done through ten centers for workforce innovation for career areas in the following industry clusters: (1) healthcare services; (2) technology and innovation; (3) infrastructure and energy; and (4) manufacturing and supply chain management. These Centers of Workforce Innovation will create pathways with aligned curricula shared by education partners to serve the learning lives of students and workers.

New Jersey Community Colleges and NJBIA are proud to announce that the following community colleges have partnered for Centers of Workforce Innovation:

HEALTH SERVICES
patient care

Folk high school in Bergen
Passaic County Community College
Mercer County Community College
Rowan College in South Jersey
Union County College

Healthcare Technology & Administration
Atlantic Cape Community College
Camden County College
Brookdale Community College
Essex County College
Warren County Community College

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
data science

Brookdale Community College
Middlesex College
Camden County College
County College of Morris

Internet security
Ocean County College
Raritan Valley Community College
Rowan College in Burlington County

Programming & software development
Essex County College
Middlesex College
Ocean County College

Research & Development
Folk high school in Bergen
Middlesex College
Warren County Community College

INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY
Renewable energy

Atlantic Cape Community College
Folk high school in Bergen
Rowan College in South Jersey

construction
Hudson County Community College
Rowan College in South Jersey

MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY CHAIN ​​MANAGEMENT
Manufacturing Production & Engineering

Camden County College
Raritan Valley Community College
County College of Morris
Sussex County Community College

supply chain logistics
Hudson County Community College
Rowan College in Burlington County

Adult Education Center Salem
Union County College

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