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.