Career Development

Thu
01
Dec

Returning to Workforce, Mother Reinvigorates Tech Skills

Cristal King of Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

By Padraig Ryan

Cristal King—who left her job as a programmer and analyst more than a decade ago to take care of her young family—knew she needed to sharpen her skills and learn new computer language in order to get back into the rapidly changing technology job market.

“Before I left, web development wasn’t nearly as advanced and robust as it is now,” said Cristal. “I know how quickly technology changes and I knew that I needed to have the skill-set that goes along with it.”

According to the Harvard Business Review, 90 percent of women who leave their jobs to take care of their family, like Cristal, said they want to reboot their careers and get back into the workforce.

Cristal wasn’t sure exactly where to go to get the training she needed to make this happen. When she first decided that she wanted a job in technology, after working as a sales representative for U.S. Healthcare, she enrolled and graduated from The Chubb Institute. At the time, web development was still in its infancy.

Mon
28
Nov

Women Help Women Move into High-Tech Careers

Women from the social networking group

By Padraig Ryan

They may vary in age and have different personal and professional backgrounds but a team of women who recently completed an intensive six-month computer coding program at Rutgers believes that women need to stick together to move forward in the high-tech industry. 

“Women represent more than half of our population,” said Nancy Lukas, a former teacher who graduated from Rutgers Coding Bootcamp after working for more than 20 years as a teacher. “We use technology as much as men and it is crucial for women to be part of the design and implementation of this technology.”

That’s why Nancy and four other women who met at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp decided to create a social networking application called The Loop that they say will offer help and support women in the high-tech industry who want to break into what has traditionally been a male-dominated field.

Mon
28
Nov

Like Son, Like Father: Two Generations Take on Challenge of Coding Bootcamp

Tom & Seth Keel, father and son participants in Rutgers Coding Bootcamp in 2016

By Padraig Ryan

At 61, after a decade away from computer programming, Tom Keel thought his computer coding days were well behind him.

That was until Tom decided to jump back in and follow his son, Seth, to Bootcamp. After reading about the exciting new coding opportunities of the bootcamp-style class his son would be taking, Tom felt a renewed sense of interest in the field and decided to join him. It’s not often that two generations get to experience the same educational opportunity, and it proved to be an exciting challenge for the father and son duo. 

Now both father and son are newly minted graduates of the Rutgers Coding Bootcamp after working side-by-side for 24 highly intensive weeks to develop skills as “full stack” software coders.

The Keels' story is unusual. They are the only father and son duo out of 375 bootcampers who have gone through the program since it began last fall. 

Unpublished
Tue
11
Oct

From Mechanic to Management in Historic City

Frank Hoffman, Director of Public Works, Perth Amboy, N.J.

Perth Amboy operates the oldest city hall in continuous use in the U.S., and in front of it stands New Jersey’s second-oldest elm tree.

Frank Hoffman leads the 58 public employees who maintain that history for the city’s 50,000 residents — while keeping up 81 roadway miles, 16,000 sanitation truck stops, and 23 parks.

He once only dreamed about the job he holds. While experienced as a mechanic, Hoffman lacked credentials to join management. But he found them at the Center for Government Services, part of Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, where in 2009 he completed the Certified Public Works Manager program.

“I wanted to make myself a better candidate for [public works management] jobs,” recalled Hoffman, who served in the Perth Amboy vehicle bays for 26 years. A Perth Amboy native, he noted, “I paid for everything myself. And I used my own time, and I had to take time off for some of the daytime courses.”

Wed
28
Sep

Bernards Township Partners with Rutgers to Offer Mini MPA™ Certificate

Bernards Township, N.J. offers Rutgers Mini-MPA program to municipal government employees

On-Site Program Boosts Leadership Development, Team Building, Succession Planning

Bernards Township (September 22, 2016) — Hundreds of New Jersey public officials travel to the Rutgers New Brunswick campus for management and certification training each year. Now, Rutgers is bringing the faculty to the students: 20 municipal government employees are pursuing professional education at their work site in Bernards Township in Somerset County.

Twenty municipal workers in Bernards began course work in spring 2015 for a customized Mini-Master of Public Administration™ (Mini-MPA) certificate program ​— delivered by the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), part of Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies.

Tue
20
Sep

NJBIZ Features Rutgers Continuing Studies

Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies was featured in an advertising section in NJBIZ magazine, a premier publication for businesses and government organizations in New Jersey, in the September 20, 2016 issue.

The section:

-- Includes a welcome from Dr. Richard Novak, Vice President for Continuing Studies and Distance Education.

-- Gives an overview of continuing education at Rutgers University in areas such as degree programs, workforce development, and certificates and degree completion.

-- Highlights four stories about how continuing ed is making a difference in manufacturing, healthcare, technology and marketing.

Learn more about the many continuing education opportunities available at Rutgers in this special education section published in NJBIZ magazine. 

Unpublished
Mon
19
Sep

Rutgers Alumni Take On Disney After On-Campus Hospitality Experience

Ramon Lucas, Rutgers graduate and former resident assistant at the Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center

Working at the Rutgers Inn and Conference Center primed pair for competitive internship program

Jaelynn Vizzi left for the Disney College Program just after Labor Day with her brand new Rutgers communications degree in hand.

Ramon Lucas, a 2013 Rutgers mathematics graduate, is already two years into his career at The Walt Disney Company after participating in the same Disney internship Vizzi just started.

Both individuals gained a world of experience on campus by serving people of diverse languages and cultures as resident coordinators at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center (RUICC).

Working at the RUICC taught Vizzi how to help others overcome language barriers and acclimate to different cultures – a must since the inn drew guests from more than 42 countries in 2015. The experience primed Lucas and Vizzi for their four-month Disney internships.

Read the Rutgers Today article here.

 

Thu
15
Sep

Rutgers Partnership Prepares Teachers to Support Children’s Character Development

Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools, a partnership of Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth

Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools Expands Certificate Program with Additional Online Sections and New Live Workshops

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (Sept. 7, 2016) — Success in school isn’t just about grades or test scores. It’s also about learning how to work well with others, manage one’s feelings, and become a responsible, caring adult. But in their efforts to foster such learning, even the best teachers face a perennial question: how?

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