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From Unemployment to “Next Chapter” Careers, Professionals Benefit from CMD Programs

What do an intern with the New York Jets, a newly established marketing consultant, and an analytical product manager for a journal publishing company have in common? For one thing, they all were recently unemployed. Second, they credit their participation in Rutgers' Center for Management Development (CMD) certificate programs – paid for by New Jersey workforce development funding – for helping them augment their skills sets and successfully launch the next chapters in their careers.

Christopher CruzChristopher Cruz earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers in 2009. When his seasonal position with a municipal department of parks and recreation ended in October 2011, 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 half way through his classes, he secured two part time 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.

Lauren TaveroniLauren Taveroni, a seasoned marketing professional with more than 20 years of career experience with household-name consumer products organizations, decided to spin her unemployment into the perfect opportunity to start her own business. She enrolled in CMD’s Mini-MBA™: Digital Marketing program.

“I took the course in December 2011 and one month later set up my company, LT Marketing Services,” Taveroni said. The firm provides internet marketing and traditional marketing services for small businesses, creative agencies and large companies across a variety of industries. 

“The CMD curriculum gave me the confidence to start my own business and the ability to provide value for my new clients,” she added. “The tools and tips helped me personally develop my brand as well as a unique service to offer to small businesses and support my clients.”

Kimberly QuinnFor Kimberly Quinn, CMD’s Mini-MBA™: Business Essentials program offered a fast, convenient way for her to get back into the classroom and refresh her skills following several years in the product/project management field.

“When I became unemployed, I immediately decided to use the downtime to focus on my education,” she said. “However, I was hesitant to commit to a traditional MBA program while I was still searching for a new job.”

Even before she finished the program, Quinn was offered a position as an analytical product manager with Elsevier publishing. “The CMD class helped me keep up with what’s going on in the business world, and that was very helpful during the interview process,” she said. “Additionally, I’ve already been able to apply some of my learning in day-to-day situations at work. Now I’m considering going for my full MBA.”

For information on CMD’s workforce development funding-approved programs, visit the center’s website, or contact Grants Coordinator Debbie McDermott at 848-445-4720 or

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