NJ Department of Labor award will train incumbent workers of health care organizations
Several New Jersey health care facilities are getting a boost: their current front-line employees are receiving training to upgrade their skills from the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) thanks to a $1 million grant awarded to OCPE by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL). The goal: help individual workers feel more valued and be more productive; save organizations time and money while making them more competitive; and retain highly skilled, high wage positions in the state.
Need a place that fosters innovation and invention? The Rutgers Makerspace, located at the Center for Innovation Education on the Rutgers Livingston Campus, provides students, educators, and entrepreneurs with a hands-on learning environment that is part classroom, part workshop, and part think tank. Also known as ‘hackerspaces’, ‘fab labs’, and ‘makelabs’, makerspaces are creative laboratories where members with common interests such as engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, and others gather to share resources and knowledge, network, and build innovative creations.
Padma Arvind is the director of the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network (NJ HCTN), one of the state’s six talent networks, established to focus on the specific needs of key industries in New Jersey. From 1990 through 2012, the health care sector has added 180,600 new jobs, while all other industries combined have had a net gain of only 79,800, according to information from the New Jersey Department of Labor. This industry’s resilience, despite economic downturns, makes health care a driver in New Jersey’s labor market. To help promote opportunities in health care, NJ HCTN spearheaded the first New Jersey Health Care Industry Week in collaboration with several of the state’s community colleges and medical institutions in April. Rutgers sat down with Arvind to learn more about her work and vision for the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network.
The Center for Management Development has announced updates to two programs:
The Mid-Management Development Program has a new start date of May 15. Braun Kiess, a successful entrepreneur and management professional, has joined the program as instructor of the finance module. The program is a high-level, results-centered program for managers with three to five years of experience, designed to enhance their strengths and increase performance. The eight-day program will be offered from May 15 through August 7 in Piscataway. For more information, contact Peggy J. Grant, senior program director.
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.
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