Aug-29-13 Christie Administration Celebrates Graduates Of Successful Manufacturing Training Program
Some Graduates Landed Jobs Even Before Graduation Ceremony
The training program, designed to provide workers with manufacturing skills and a hands-on experience, has been successful over the past two years in placing people into employment by focusing on skills that employers say are in demand and involving employers in the training process. Officials from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, which helped to launch the program, spoke at the graduation ceremony.
“This Fabricated Metal Product/CNC Manufacturing program is successful because of our partnership with the New Jersey Community College Consortium and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association Manufacturers Network,” said Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths. “We align our training efforts with the needs of New Jersey employers, which give the participants in the program an opportunity for a real job that’s in demand while also offering a sustainable career.”
Today’s graduation marks the fifth class of the Metal Product/CNC Manufacturing Program developed by the department and its partners. The 12 graduates, who attended class at Camden County College, join a group of 44 previous participants who are now equipped for careers in the Fabricated Metal industry, which involves cutting, bending and transforming metal into finished products or parts for assembly.
Each graduate also passed the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certification Exam for Measurement, Materials, and Safety Level I. Previous training programs were conducted at Bergen Community College, Middlesex County College, Passaic County Technical Institute, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
“I congratulate the graduates of this training program, which is really a model for the country and clearly demonstrates that successful training initiatives must focus on providing job-seekers with the skills our employers identify as essential to their businesses,” said Commissioner. Wirths.
The Labor Department launched the training initiative nearly two years ago in partnership with the New Jersey Community College Consortium and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association Manufacturers Network. The initiative also has involved the state’s Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network, which works to incorporate employers into the educational and training curriculums around New Jersey to give people the skills that are in demand among the Garden State’s major industries.
For more information about the Fabricated Metal Product / CNC Machining Manufacturing Training Program and admission requirements please go to www.njworkforce.org.
Joe Dombrowski (far left), Assistant Director of Employment Services, stands with graduates of
the Fabricated Metal Product/CNC Manufacturing program which trains workers in manufacturing
skills and provides hands-on learning in areas in which employers have expressed a need. Joe
Dombrowski offered words of encouragement to participants, which includes the first female
graduates of the Fabricated Metal Product/CNC Manufacturing program, according to
the New Jersey Community College Consortium.