Community Colleges, Business Leaders and Policy Makers Celebrate Workforce Consortium 10th Anniversary
On Tuesday, August 19, business, college and political leaders gathered at Camden County College to celebrate the work of the NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development in bridging the skills gap for New Jersey employers since its founding 10 years ago.
Since 2004, more than 100,000 employees at over 5,400 businesses have received training through the Consortium’s workforce training programs. The Consortium brings the vast training resources of the state’s 19 community colleges under one roof for the benefit of businesses and other organizations.
The Consortium plans to widen the reach of its manufacturing training programs with the addition of two new mobile manufacturing training classrooms. The first Mobile Learning Lab is already in use, and the second mobile lab was unveiled on August 19. The labs will provide training in production technology, CNC metal fabrication and mechatronics to manufacturers throughout the state.
In addition, Camden County Deputy Freeholder Director Ed McDonnell, New Jersey Council of County Colleges President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, and the Consortium’s Founding Executive Director Dr. Robert Bowman were honored for their roles in creating the Workforce Consortium.
Others who attended included: state labor and workforce development Deputy Commissioner Aaron Fichtner, Senator Donald Norcross, Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, Assemblyman Gilbert Wilson, New Jersey Civil Service Commission Deputy Chief Executive Officer Grace Kelly, New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Melanie Willoughby, and National Manufacturing Co. Inc. President Robert Staudinger. Consortium executive director Sivaraman Anbarasan and Camden County College President Raymond Yannuzzi addressed the 100-plus business leaders and policymakers in attendance.