Rutgers Connects Unemployed with Workforce Development Grants for Training

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Noncredit, continuing education programs at Rutgers can help open the door to new careers and opportunities for unemployed individuals who qualify for Workforce Development Grants. Currently, hundreds of Rutgers training programs are eligible for tuition grants through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Many Rutgers programs also accept workforce grants from other states for non-New Jersey residents.

Rutgers works with New Jersey One-Stop Career Centers across the state to assist unemployed workers in identifying appropriate training programs eligible for tuition assistance.

Eligible programs are offered both online and in hybrid and classroom formats. They span a wide variety of fields and industries, including management training, marketing, technology, hospitality, healthcare, social work, engineering and “green economy” choices. (Read more about programs for un(der)employed)

The Center for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD), a unit of the Division of Continuing Studies, offers online programs in several eligible fields of study, including administrative and business skills, construction, information technology, and healthcare. The latter includes five nationally recognized certification exams by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Progress in CCPD programs is monitored by a program coordinator. Courses range from 40 hours to up to 700 hours for completion. A full list of grant-eligible programs is available on CCPD’s website.

According to Sharon Raynor, program coordinator for Workforce Development and certification exams, CCPD currently serves about 145 grant-funded students in its programs. For more information or assistance on the process of applying, call (732) 932-6998, ext. 604, or email ccpd@docs.rutgers.edu.

The Center for Management Development (CMD), a unit of the Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, and the School of Management and Labor Relations, also assists unemployed applicants with obtaining training grants.

CMD offers programs in business, human resources, leadership and management. Grant-eligible courses through CMD include Essential Management Skills, Leadership Development, and a series of Mini-MBA programs including Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship. For more information, contact Debbie McDermott, CMD grants coordinator, at mcdermott@cmd.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers graduate Christopher Cruz, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies, utilized a training grant when his seasonal position with a municipal department of parks and recreation ended in October 2011. Cruz says he knew he wanted to go back to school and continue his education. However, the cost of graduate school was prohibitive.

“When I received information about CMD’s Leadership and Management certificates, I saw that it was a great, low-cost option to help me build additional skills,” he said. “And when I learned that the unemployment grant could pay for it, I was thrilled.”

Cruz enrolled in CMD’s Essential Management Skills certificate program. Just halfway through his classes, he secured two parttime positions: one as an events and game day intern with the New York Jets, and the other as a referee for the New York City Social Sports Club. Read about others who utilized Workforce Development grants with CMD to expand their career opportunities.

Other units across the university offering grant-eligible programs include Executive Education at the School of Business-Camden, the School of Social Work, Rutgers Advanced Technology Extension, the Office of Continuing Professional Education, the Center for Executive Leadership in Government, and Center for Government Services

After identifying an eligible program of interest to them, candidates may contact or visit their local One-Stop Career Center to see if they qualify for a grant and can begin the registration process. Eligible Rutgers programs may also be found on the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s training sources site by searching the keyword “Rutgers University.”

For general information about continuing education at Rutgers, call 732-932-7323, or send email.

--Steven Heffler

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