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Fri
28
Jun

Happy Endings for NJ's Unemployed: Grant-Funded Training Courses Provide Practical Skills & New Opportunities

Photo shows students in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School's Three-Week Preparatory Short Course learn about good golf course design in the field from legendary architect, Stephen Kay, at the Rutgers University Golf Course.

The first part of Sergio Sosa’s story is far too familiar: the Union City resident was inches away from earning his Master’s degree in Biology from Rutgers, and was transitioning from full-time student to full-time assistant-in-training at a golf course. Just when he thought everything was falling into place, Sosa was laid off from his job in late 2012.

Yet by March 2013, Sosa (with degree in hand) was gainfully employed as Assistant Superintendent at two popular New York City-owned golf courses.

Sosa credits the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) and a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) for helping him get there.

Tue
25
Jun

PSM Entrepreneur Bootcamp

PSM Bootcamp grads

The Rutgers Professional Science Master’s Program, in collaboration with the New Jersey Technology Council, co-sponsored the Entrepreneur Bootcamp on April 23, 2013 at the Busch Campus Student Center.  The intensive day long conference is a "must attend" program for early stage entrepreneurs, individuals seeking to start a technology company, pharmaceutical and IT professionals contemplating a transition. Current PSM students and alumni participated in the program.

Tue
25
Jun

A Home for Innovation

Rutgers Innovation Education class taking place

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.

Fri
31
May

Rutgers Officially Forms Agreement with Mercer County Community College

Image of Patricia Donohue and Richard Novak signing papers

On May 30, a new partnership between Rutgers University and Mercer County Community College (MCCC) was formalized. The partnership, a function of Rutgers Off-Campus Programs will expand opportunities for associate degree holders in the Mercer County area to earn Rutgers degrees on MCCC’s West Windsor campus.

The Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony was hosted by MCCC President Patricia Donohue and Interim Vice President for Continuing Studies Richard Novak. The event was attended by state and county officials and MCCC and Rutgers academic administrators and staff.

“This initiative is designed to meet the needs of thousands of community college graduates who traditionally have faced great difficulty in transferring to a baccalaureate completion program. It recognizes the need for flexible options, such as online and hybrid courses, for those who have work and family obligations,” said Novak.

Tue
23
Apr

Join Us for Rutgers Day, Saturday, April 27

Join Us for Rutgers Day

Play a prize wheel, experience 3-D printing, enter to win a $500 scholarship. These opportunities and more await visitors to the Division of Continuing Studies’ (DoCS) programs at Rutgers Day, this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Rutgers’ New Brunswick Campuses.

Virtual Rutgers: Past Present, Future, and Making Reality in the Busch Campus Center will give visitors the opportunity to experience 3-D printing and game technology for a virtual experience. Meet Rutgers students who are engaged in exciting makerspace projects.

In the Bishop House area on the College Avenue Campus, visit the Summer Session booth to enter a raffle to win a $500 scholarship toward a Summer Session course.

On Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus:

Fri
19
Apr

Checklist That Helps Towns Prepare for ‘Sandy-style’ Calamity Issued by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services

Flooded neighborhood

NEW BRUNSWICK – Last December, 30 municipal managers, many from towns battered by Hurricane Sandy and the November Nor’ Easter, gathered in New Brunswick to share experiences and lessons learned from dealing with two of the most devastating natural disasters in New Jersey history.

In that forum, sponsored by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS), participants candidly discussed their towns’ responses to the myriad and colossal problems and issues created by these historic storms and their aftermath.

The peer-group discussions and recommendations from that day were collected and distilled in a new pamphlet published this month by CGS for state and municipal leaders. Entitled, “Lessons Learned: Reflecting Upon Hurricane Sandy and the November Nor-Easter,” the publication provides a detailed checklist for preparing for, dealing with, and recovering from future “Sandy-style” disasters.

Tue
16
Apr

Rutgers Firmly Planted on Central Park Turf

Image of a man in central park on a ride on mower

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.

Mon
15
Apr

Rutgers Gardens Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

Image of Rutgers Garden flowers

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.

Thu
21
Feb

Symposia for Nonprofit Leaders to Address Rutgers-UMDNJ Integration, Collaborations, April 8

Nonprofit Leaders to Address Rutgers during conference meeting

Nonprofit leaders and decision-makers are invited to a one-day, two-part Statewide Symposia on the Nonprofit Sector of New Jersey at Rutgers on Monday, April 8, to learn about two important topics facing the state: the Rutgers University and UMDNJ Integration and opportunities for meaningful collaborations within the state’s nonprofit sector.

Presented by the Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance, a unit of the Rutgers School of Social Work, the event will take place at the Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Integration of Rutgers with UMDNJ will impact not only the Rutgers and UMDNJ communities, but also the surrounding areas and New Jersey as a whole. The symposia will provide social work decision-makers and leaders with information regarding the process, details, and what to expect in terms of this integration and its effects. This symposia is open to Rutgers and UMDNJ faculty and staff, as well.

Sun
10
Feb

One-Day Program to Address Hazards of Flood-Damaged Buildings

Image of a water flooded town

If Hurricane Sandy and its recent winter cousin, Nemo, taught New Jersey anything, it was that preparing for the worst is not an option, but a necessity in an era of extreme weather events. And learning what to do after disaster strikes is time well spent.
Months after Hurricane Sandy pounded New Jersey, many people are just starting to deal with the clean-up and rebuilding of their flooded homes and businesses. The health hazards associated with water-damaged buildings are numerous, ranging from the obvious – mold and electrical concerns – to the less well known – asbestos contamination and dangers of microbial agents and pathogenic viruses.

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