College Offering Tech Training Through Johnson Controls Grant

Essex County College is offering training in fast growing tech careers this Fall, with funding available for qualified students through a grant from the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership program.

The program aims to equip students with in-demand knowledge and skills supporting employment and a pathway for life-long careers upon graduation.

“The $90,000 Johnson Control grant will allow us to expand offerings into the Information Technology sector, and provide certification programs for IT and Help Desk careers,” said the College’s Training, Inc. Director, Mitra Choudhury. The 15-week courses will focus on A+ Certification and IT Fundamental Training, she said.

The classes, with instruction both in-person and online, will be offered during the day and in the evening. The training is scheduled to begin later this Fall.

Registration information is available from Adelaide Ramos Lopez at 973-877-3341, or Tanya Wright at 973-877-3012. 

Ms. Choudhury said that the grant will provide free training for students who are underserved, unemployed, low income, minorities and women.

ECC is one of ten community colleges nationwide receiving grants for the 2021‒2022 academic year. The grant is provided by Johnson Controls in an effort to expand associate degree and certificate programs in areas where the U.S. Bureau of Labor is predicting an increased need for skilled trades expertise in the coming years.

In addition to the funding, Johnson Controls employees will support the College through volunteering and mentorships, providing students with real-world experience, internship opportunities and professional networking connections. 

“We are very grateful to be participating in the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership program. The materials and training our students will receive will provide them with outstanding long-term career opportunities,” said ECC Interim President Dr. Augustine A. Boakye.

ECC’s participation in the Johnson Controls program also enables the College to create a partnership with CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) to expand IT certification programs for careers in IT and Help Desk positions.

 “The courses, coupled with possible internships, will propel students toward lucrative careers in the IT field,” said Dr. Elvy Vieira, Dean of Community, Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

 “We believe the program will empower people to build life-long careers that will transform their lives and the city,” said Grady Crosby, VP of Public Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Johnson Controls. “Just as smart, healthy buildings are critical to our well-being, well-educated and trained technicians are crucial to keeping our environments operating safely and efficiently. As a leader in the building industry for over a century, Johnson Controls is honored to share our expertise with the country’s leading community colleges.”