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Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE)

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30
Jul

Get the Best of a 4-Year Food Science Degree in Just 5 Days at Rutgers This August

An instructor teaches students about food products in the Introduction to Food Science five-day short course at Rutgers.

Kimberly Smith had been working for only two weeks as a process engineer when she found herself struggling with an entirely new language – the lingo of food chemistry and microbiology.

“It was like a foreign language,” said Smith, who helps manufacture soups and other foods at Campbell’s Soup.

Last summer, she radically improved her fluency with an intensive five-day Introduction to Food Science class, offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) at Rutgers University.

“The course helped me understand the basic language of food product development,” she said.  Now she can better talk the multi-disciplinary talk that all good food scientists must master.

Wed
03
Jul

OCPE Receives $1 Million Grant to Train Employees in one of NJ’s Fastest Growing Industries – Health Care

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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.

Fri
18
Jan

Rutgers’ Home Gardeners School to Help Green Thumbs Cultivate Lush Landscapes, March 23

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The 37th Annual One-Day Educational Program to be held on Douglass Campus

If you’re a gardener, it’s never too soon to think spring.

For anyone with a passion for making things grow and bloom, the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) will offer its 37th Annual Home Gardeners School, Saturday, March 23, at Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. Coffee/tea and registration begin at 8 a.m. and workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featuring 35 workshops covering a variety of topics related to gardening and landscaping, the program gives both novice and experienced home gardeners  an opportunity to receive expert instruction, learn new horticulture skills, and connect with others who share their interests.

Wed
21
Nov

Conference to Address State's Obesity Epidemic, December 11

Obesity Conference at Rutgers

Obesity prevention experts from around the country will gather for an all-day conference on Tuesday, December 11, to present the latest research and innovative techniques used in the battle against obesity.

The conference, which is open to professionals in education, public health and related fields, and to parents, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton in East Brunswick.

Fri
09
Nov

Tree Care Training More Important Than Ever After Hurricane Sandy

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With the recent storms that have devastated the region and toppled trees too numerous to count, it is vital to have knowledgeable tree care professionals on the ground during and after clean-up to ensure public safety.

Later this month, Rutgers’ Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) will bring the state’s top tree experts in to give hands-on training in tree care.

The first of several tree care courses, Hazardous Tree Identification, will be held in New Brunswick from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27. 

The class is geared toward shade tree managers, arborists, landscape contractors, public parks/public works managers and other professionals who need to know how to assess a hazardous tree and when to call in the experts for removal.

Fri
31
Aug

Radon Training Program Helps People Expand Businesses, Build Careers

Jim Morris, associate director of OCPE, with a simulated attic radon mitigation system.

 

His home inspection business hurt by a sluggish economy, Michael Lloyd decided to branch out, gaining skills to fix a major concern in his South Carolina community: high levels of indoor radon.

Lloyd last year became nationally certified to mitigate radon – a gas estimated to cause 21,000 lung-cancer deaths a year in the United States – at Rutgers University’s Eastern Regional Radon Training Center (ERRTC), one of four such centers established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Lloyd, whose business is based in Moore, S.C., has completed 100 mitigation jobs since he became certified. “It turned things around,’’ the former Garden State resident said.

Wed
02
May

Rutgers EPH Program Boosts a Soldier’s Military Career

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In her second deployment to Iraq in 2011, Lyndhurst native Aysu Cesmebasi ran a dining hall that fed 12,000 Army and Air Force personnel twice a day, as the U.S. prepared to shut Joint Base Balad, its largest in that war-torn country.

The local contractor handling meals at the base had been let go, so Cesmebasi, a food advisor, oversaw a staff of 75 soldiers and airmen, ensuring they adhered to sanitary regulations.

“My biggest concern was safety,” recalled Cesmebasi, a 2008 graduate of the Environment and Public Health (EPH) course run by Rutgers' Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE). “I could not have a food-borne illness outbreak since it could impair our mission at a critical time.”

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