Concerns basic skills training provided by the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.
NJEA supports S-873 Sca (Cunningham)/A-1180 Aca (Lampitt, Benson, Singleton) which permits the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development (NJCCCWED) to request additional funds from the “Supplemental Workforce Fund for Basic Skills” (SWFBS) to provide basic skills training. The NJCCCWED brings together the vast resources of the state’s 19 community colleges for New Jersey companies and organizations to access, develop, and receive workforce education and training for their current and emerging workforce statewide.
Currently, 13% of all funds appropriated to SWFBS are allocated to NJCCCWED as a grant to provide basic skills training to qualified displaced, disadvantaged or employed workers. This bill provides that, upon encumbrance of its 13% allocation, NJCCCWED may request additional funds from the 25% of SWFBS funds that are allocated for grants to consortia, including one or more of any eligible individual employers, employer organizations, labor organizations, community-based organizations, or educational institutions to provide basic skills training to qualified displaced, disadvantaged or employed workers or to other individuals seeking to enter apprenticeship training. This request of additional funds is much needed and necessary to provide for skilled workers in this ever changing economy.
NJEA has partnered with NJCCCWED and created the Education Support Professional (ESP) Career Academy to provide:
- Online career development programs to help educational support professionals learn the latest trends in their field of expertise;
- Seminars and workshops that bring high quality, professional development programs directly to job sites;
- On-site career development training for ESP in partnership with the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development and Thomas Edison State College.
In tough economic times more programs like this are needed to help train and upgrade the skills and expertise of our workforce.
NJEA urges you to vote “yes” on S-873 Sca/A-1180 Aca.
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