The Heldrich Center and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City are collaborating on a new project that features a national conference and an edited book.
National Conference. Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and the Heldrich Center, was held October 15-17, 2014.
From 2006 to 2007, the Heldrich Center conducted research on the workforce needs of New Jersey’s pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, in a project for the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) and their member companies. HINJ conducted a web-based survey of 15 pharmaceutical and medical device companies that employ a total of 38,000 people in the State of New Jersey. The survey requested information on employment by functional area, occupational title, educational level, and degree.
The Heldrich Center is evaluating Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) implementation of workforce development programs under a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Center is tracking the progress of students who participate in these programs, conducting an analysis of the program processes, and calculating employment outcomes for students.
The Heldrich Center is evaluating Camden County College’s (CCC) implementation of manufacturing and energy workforce development programs under a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The program involves a partnership with several other colleges in New Jersey to implement manufacturing training with the use of a mobile teaching facility and utilities training that includes an employer-based hands-on learning component.
The Heldrich Center worked closely with the State of New Jersey to complete various tasks related to the state’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) program.
The Heldrich Center will work with Cornell University to develop a "Community of Practice" (CoP) of state officials who share a common interest in initiating, developing, and expanding efforts to make their states “model employers” of individuals with disabilities. The initiative is based on the understanding that there is significant value to states learning from each other with regard to employing people with disabilities and having a forum in which to connect colleagues in this area.
The Heldrich Center is evaluating a 12-month nurse residency model in NJ Long Term Care (LTC) facilities for new RN graduates. The program identifies that in contrast to acute care environments, nurse residency programs have not been offered in long term care environments, contributing to high turnover and attrition rates, and reduced care for LTC residents. This program will address current problems in LTC facilities and educate 50 preceptors and 50 new RN graduates with the goal of improving care and reducing re-hospitalization rates for LTC residents.
The Heldrich Center is under contract with the New Jersey Department of Education to conduct a process evaluation of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Personalized Student Learning Plan pilot program. The evaluation, using a variety of methodologies, is designed to assess the implementation of PSLP plans in the 16 (middle and high) school pilot sites, collect objective performance measures and perceptual outcomes, and identify promising practices that can be used to inform the possible expansion of PSLPs in other schools throughout New Jersey.
The Heldrich Center is working with the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) on a paper that discusses the challenges facing older workers in accessing services under the public workforce system. The research brief will be included in CAEL’s final report to the U.S. Department of Labor, the culmination of CAEL’s role in providing technical assistance to the USDOL Aging Worker Initiative pilot sites.