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Union County College will be the recipient of $825,000 in funding over four years from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.

Friday, October 03, 2014
CRANFORD – Union County College will be the recipient of $825,000 in funding over four years from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. In collaboration with eleven other state community colleges through the New Jersey Health Professions Consortium, the new project is called the New Jersey Health Professions Pathways to Regional Excellence Project. Bergen Community College is the lead institution on the grant.
 
This new project is a collaboration of 12 community colleges, including Bergen, Brookdale, County College of Morris, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, Raritan Valley, Sussex, and Union. The colleges are joined by more than 20 employers and 10 local Workforce Investment Boards, who have come together in the state to create and build a blueprint for a regional healthcare career pathways system that coordinates and aligns strategic partnerships, resources, funding, policies, data and accountability measures. This ensures that TAA-impacted, veterans, unemployed, and other low-skilled workers can successfully access and complete health profession programs to get a job in the healthcare sector. The project will serve more than 2,000 participants.
 
The funds allocated to the College will be used to hire staff to support both credit and non-credit healthcare training programs. A commitment to assisting participants with the transition from non-credit to credit programs and into job placement will also be established.
 
Through the project, training will be provided for positions such as certified home health aide, certified nurse assistant, mental health associate, certified patient care technician, registered medical assistant, certified pharmacy technician, massage therapist, medical administrative assistant, certified phlebotomy technician, certified EKG technician, certified billing and coding specialist, and health information management. However, please note that not every program listed will be offered at every participating institution.
 
Some of the corporations involved in the training include CVS Caremark, Bayada Home Health Care, Barnabas Health Clara Maass Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Health Care System, and Meridian Health.
 
Other participating agencies and key partners include the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Workforce Investment Board, One-Stop Career Centers in 13 NJ counties, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Community Affairs and Resource Center, and New Jersey Hospital Association.
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