Grants totaling $310,500 will enable Essex County College’s Training, Inc. to offer vocational training and High School Equivalency Test preparation to 140 Newark residents this spring and summer. The money for the programs, with classes expected to begin the week of March 9, is being provided by NewarkWORKS.


“These specific job training programs, free to qualified Newark residents, are in rapidly growing telecommunications and multimedia fields, as well as training in the Allied Health fields for which we have provided for a number of years,” said Mitra Choudhury, director of Training, Inc. She added the classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for 12 to 16 weeks, depending on the program.


The specific classes include Multimedia Music, Telecommunications & Networking, Certified Nurse Assistant, Home Health Aide, Patient Care Technician, Office Support, Adult Education, and Job Search with MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification.


Training, Inc. is working in conjunction with the College’s Adult Learning Center and On-Campus Continuing Education. All classes will be conducted at Essex’s Newark campus. The grant-funded training is geared toward Newark residents who are Workfirst New Jersey, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, General Assistant Supplemental Nutrition Assistance clients. Some of the candidates will also be funded via Individual Training Accounts.


Additional information on these and other Training, Inc. programs is available at 973.877.3598.


Ms. Choudhury said the Multimedia Music, and Telecommunications & Networking programs are for out of school youth ages 18 to 24. The curriculum will include classroom training as well as hands-on projects, computer literacy, introduction to new technologies, job preparedness and apprenticeships.


“The city wants us to include job placement with the training,” said Ms. Choudhury. “Our programs have an outstanding job placement rate, which is one of the reasons we are involved in this program.”  For more than 25 years, Training, Inc. program have attained a75 percent complete rate and an 80 percent graduate job placement rate.


Curtia Orr, programs manager for Workfirst New Jersey, said “The ultimate goal of the training is to provide Newark residents with vocational career training that leads to certification and job placement.” The targeted population for the training is being referred from NewarkWorks and the Essex County Division of Training & Employment.






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The Wolverines begin defense of its Region XIX basketball crown with a semi-final match-up against Manor College on Thursday, February 26 at 1:30 p.m. Coach Corey Lowery’s squad, 23-4 on the campaign, will be playing at host school County College of Morris.


The championship game at Morris is set for February 28, also at 1:30 p.m.


Essex is currently ranked 10th in Division II by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).  Last year’s team advanced to the NJCAA title game.


The Wolverines are led in scoring by sophomores Josh Treadwell and Sahid Dortch with 14.7 and 12.1 points respectively. Freshman Tyree Sykes leads the team with 6.3 rebounds a game.


Essex and Manor College, located in Jenkinville, Pa., met twice during the regular season with the home team winning each game.


Mercer County Community College earned the top seed in Region XIX followed by Essex. Manor, which defeated Raritan Valley Community College to advance to the semi-finals, is the third seed. Mercer will play Lackawanna Community College, also on February 26, with the two winners advancing to the finals.

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President Gibson discusses the College’s plans for 2015 on New Jersey Capitol Report which will air starting Saturday, February 21. During her interview by Newark’s Steve Adubato, Dr. Gibson also talks about such College programs as career readiness/workforce development, and the growing academic opportunities for students.


The 30-minute program will air multiple times. Check your provider for the exact channels. The schedule includes:


February 21: 6 a.m. on NJTV; 8:30 a.m. on Channel 13; 12:30 and 6 p.m. on NJTV, and 6:30 p.m. on FIOS 1.


February 22: 6:30 a.m. on WQXR; 8 a.m. on NJTV; 11:30 a.m. on WHYY; 12 noon on NJTV, and 6:30 p.m. on FIOS 1.


February 23: 6:30 a.m. on NJTV, and 7:30 p.m. on WBGO-FM.


February 25: 5:30 p.m. on WHYY.


NJ Capitol Report explores political, social and cultural issues affecting New Jersey.

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