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.
Gregory Sauter, an executive with the engineering titan AECOM Technology Corp. and a Rutgers Executive MBA alumnus, is happy to talk about the non-traditional start of his career.
Sauter veered from tradition when he realized he couldn’t muster up any excitement for his college liberal arts courses. After his first year, he packed up his bags and returned home to forge a more challenging path into the future: With little to draw on except having helped his father fix things around the house and some summer jobs, he started a construction company of his own.
“I wasn’t inspired,” he said, recalling his decision to abandon college and start working on his own. “What interested me was working with my hands and creating something.”
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.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Registrations are now being accepted for the 2013 Institute of Addiction Studies, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies’ renowned continuing education summer program, to be held on the Rutgers New Brunswick Campus June 23-28.
“Prevention and Recovery Through the Lifespan” is the theme of this year’s program, which will feature more than 35 courses and 20 lectures, workshops and other educational experiences. Participants may earn up to 55 hours of continuing education credits. Peer-learning groups, facilitated by experienced educators, help to promote student engagement and networking among attendees.
June 23 will be a pre-conference day focusing on working with veteran populations and on prevention programming.
Rutgers University's bond with Central Park is as strong as the hardy grass a Rutgers professor plucked from Sheep Meadow in the1960s and cultivated into world-class turf.
Rutgers and the Central Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization responsible for the restoration, maintenance and enhancement of the iconic park in Manhattan, have strengthened their collective expertise in horticulture and turf care ever since through years of collaboration and training.
"The partnership between Rutgers and the Central Park Conservancy is preparing the next generation of environmental stewards with the tools to manage landscapes and help them flourish," said Douglas Blonsky CC'83 , president and chief executive officer of CPC – and a Rutgers graduate.
The Rutgers Gardens, a self-sustaining botanical garden on the New Brunswick campus, has won the 2012 New Jersey Turfgrass Association Environmental Stewardship Award, in recognition of its “ongoing environmental preservation and conservation commitments through the act of education.” The association, whose mission is to promote the turfgrass industry in the state, honors “a person or organization in recognition of a continuing commitment to environmental preservation and conservation.” Read more.
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.
More than 35 departments and units at Rutgers offer hundreds of credit and noncredit courses, certificate programs and enrichment opportunities to help individuals reach their professional and personal goals. Learn more at lifelonglearning.rutgers.edu.
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