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The New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities program is inviting stakeholders to take part in its next round of monthly collaborative meetings to develop education and workforce training solutions.

The Pathways initiative was launched late last year by New Jersey’s community colleges and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association to better align the state’s educational system with industry needs in order to build an innovative workforce.

The upcoming November meetings will feature industry and education partners in the following sectors: Infrastructure and Energy; Healthcare Services; and Technology and Innovation.

Here are the dates and registration links for each:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2. Infrastructure & Energy Collaborative. Participate in the Center of Workforce Innovation for Renewable Energy Report Out from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Participants will receive information on Atlantic Cape Community College’s Wind Energy Program and engage with industry experts during a Renewable Energy Industry Panel. Registration and coffee service begin at 9:30 a.m. and the networking luncheon is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Go here to register.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9. Health Services Collaborative. Participate in the Center of Workforce Innovation for Patient Care Report Out from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738. Participants will receive information on Brookdale Community College’s Healthcare Technology & Administration Program and engage with industry experts during a Healthcare Technology & Administration Industry Panel. Registration and coffee service begin at 9:30 a.m. and the networking luncheon is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Go here to register.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, Technology & Innovation Collaborative. Participate in the Center of Workforce Innovation for Data Science Report Out, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ 07869. Participants will receive information on Data Science programs at the County College of Morris and at Camden County College and will engage with industry experts during a Data Science Industry Panel.  Go here to register.

The NJ Pathways initiative is led by collaboratives focused on four industries that are the foundation of the state’s economy: Health Services; Technology and Innovation; Infrastructure and Energy; and Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.

The Collaboratives are supported by 10 Centers of Workforce Innovation that include education and training partners. All of New Jersey’s 18 community colleges, as well as high schools, four-year colleges and universities, and community-based training providers across the state are involved to align and improve existing curricula to prioritize industry-valued credentials and development of transfer agreements.

Stakeholders at these meeting who are working to set successful career pathways for students and workers include businesses, industry associations, chambers of commerce, labor unions, workforce development boards, state government, community-based organizations, adult literacy training providers, vocational technical school districts, private career schools, county colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.

Those interested in becoming a NJ Pathways partner and receiving updates and meeting invitations, can sign on to the program here.