NJBIA and the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) have asked Gov. Phil Murphy to sign a bill on his desk that ensures NJBIA’s successful Basic Skills Training program can continue to expand and develop the workforce for employers throughout the state.
Bill A-3027, sponsored by Sens. Sandra Cunningham (D-31) and Troy Singleton (D-7) and Assemblymembers Pamela Lampitt (D-6), Mila Jasey (D-27) and Eric Houghtaling (D-11), commits $3 million from the Supplemental Workforce Fund for Basic Skills to the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.
It passed unanimously in both houses in June.
“This program, an innovative statewide partnership between New Jersey’s 18 Community Colleges and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, was created by state legislation in 2001 and since that time has provided training to more than 185,000 incumbent employees across over 11,000 employers with funding from the Supplemental Workforce Fund for Basic Skills,” wrote NJCCC President Aaron R. Fichtner and NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka.
“As a result of this program, New Jerseyans have received the basic skills training they need to advance in their careers and businesses have benefited from a more productive workforce.”
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