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New Jersey’s Community Colleges and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association are hosting a New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities virtual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The event, which will take place between 9 a.m. and 12 noon via Zoom, will invite and gather industry and education partners to create innovative strategies to ensure economic growth of the state’s businesses and economic mobility of residents.

Representatives from business and industry associations, chambers of commerce, labor unions, Workforce Development Boards, county vocational-technical high schools, four-year colleges and universities and community-based training providers are all encouraged to attend.

“New Jersey’s Community Colleges and NJBIA are leading an unprecedented collaborative effort to address the rapidly changing needs of employers,” said Dr. Aaron R. Fichtner, president of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.

“The New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities Initiative will provide students and workers with the education and career pathways they need to ensure New Jersey has the most skilled, well-educated workforce in the country. We are excited about the feedback we’re receiving from our many stakeholders. This is a new day for New Jersey’s economy,” Fichtner said.

“This gathering is important as business leaders need to be a part of the process to guide the education of our future workforce,” said NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas. “Their participation in educating stakeholders about the current and future needs of their industry is of great value to this program. Our collective partnerships are the key to our state’s success in growing our economy.”

The New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities was launched last month by NJCCC and NJBIA as a transformational initiative designed to align the state’s educational system to build an innovative workforce.

The program will align employers, industry associations, labor unions, educational institutions, and workforce development partners to provide students and workers with structured pathways to find career opportunities and to ensure that employers have access to a highly skilled workforce to meet critical labor market needs.

To register for Wednesday’s virtual convening, click here.

More About The New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities Initiative
New Jersey’s Pathways to Career Opportunities Initiative will position the state to recover from this public health and economic crisis by building strong industry-driven education and training pathways that will be the foundation of the state’s economy for years to come; developing a skilled workforce that can adapt to the changing economy; and providing adults the opportunity to obtain new skills and careers.

This will be done through ten Centers of Workforce Innovation for career areas in the following industry clusters: (1) health services; (2) technology and innovation; (3) infrastructure and energy; and (4) manufacturing and supply chain management. These Centers of Workforce Innovation will build pathways with aligned curriculum shared across educational partners to serve the learning lifespan of students and workers.

The New Jersey Community Colleges and NJBIA are proud to announce the following Community Colleges are partnering for Centers of Workforce Innovation:

HEALTH SERVICES
Patient Care
Bergen Community College
Passaic County Community College
Mercer County Community College
Rowan College of South Jersey
Union County College
Healthcare Tech & Administration
Atlantic Cape Community College
Camden County College
Brookdale Community College
Essex County College
Warren County Community College

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Data Science
Brookdale Community College
Middlesex College
Camden County College
County College of Morris
Cybersecurity
Ocean County College
Raritan Valley Community College
Rowan College at Burlington County
Programming & Software Development
Essex County College
Middlesex College
Ocean County College
Research & Development
Bergen Community College
Middlesex College
Warren County Community College

INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY
Renewable Energy
Atlantic Cape Community College
Bergen Community College
Rowan College of South Jersey
Construction
Hudson County Community College
Rowan College of South Jersey

MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Manufacturing Production & Engineering
Camden County College
Raritan Valley Community College
County College of Morris
Sussex County Community College
Supply Chain Logistics
Hudson County Community College
Rowan College at Burlington County
Salem Community College
Union County College