Work Trends Survey of Recent College Graduates

In 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted a nationally representative survey of 571 graduates from four-year colleges and universities from the classes of 2006 through 2010 to examine the difficulties young people encountered as they entered a volatile labor market. The survey yielded several notable findings. While graduates are satisfied with their decision to complete a four-year degree, a large percentage reported they are struggling to find full-time, permanent jobs with benefits that will lead to fulfilling careers.

Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution (TLD) Innovative Partnership Institute (IPI) for New Jersey

From 2008 to 2009, as a part of a previous iteration of the TLD Talent Network project in conjunction with a North Jersey Partners WIRED-funded initiative, the Heldrich Center worked to identify new curricula critical to the development of a workforce pipeline to meet immediate industry needs as identified by interviews with TLD industry employers, feedback from roundtable events, and an Industry Workforce Advisory Council.

The Ready for the Job Initiative

From 2001 to 2009, through a statewide effort led by the State Employment and Training Commission, the Heldrich Center profiled the key occupational and skill needs of over a dozen industries and areas of work in New Jersey and provided recommendations for workforce and education providers to better align their services with industry workforce needs.

The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspective from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators

In 2010, under its work for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Policy and the NTAR Leadership Center, the Heldrich Center conducted research to explore issues relating to long-term unemployment and dislocated workers with disabilities, including whether people with disabilities who had lost their jobs were seeking services from the public workforce system.

Supporting Northern and Central New Jersey Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Projects

From 2007 to 2009, the central and northern New Jersey regions were each awarded a $5 million, three-year U.S. Department of Labor Generation III WIRED grant to implement regional innovations focused on key industries. The Bio-1 WIRED project, focused in central New Jersey, was designed to retain and expand the number of high-quality jobs in central New Jersey’s bioscience sector by coordinating the efforts of the workforce development, education, economic development, and employer communities.

Supporting New Jersey’s Regional Economic Development Initiative Grant

From 2009 to 2010, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development funded the continuation of the U.S. Department of Labor initiative Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development projects in northern and central New Jersey by providing continued funding for the Bio-1 initiative in central New Jersey and the Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution Talent Network in northern New Jersey.

Supporting Central New Jersey Bio-1 Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED)

From 2007 to 2009, the central and northern New Jersey regions were each awarded a $5 million, three-year U.S. Department of Labor Generation III WIRED grant to implement regional innovations focused on key industries. The Bio-1 WIRED project, focused in central New Jersey, was designed to retain and expand the number of high-quality jobs in central New Jersey’s bioscience sector by coordinating the efforts of the workforce development, education, economic development, and employer communities.

Supply and Demand Research in Nanotechnology

From 2009 to 2010, the Heldrich Center partnered with Arizona State University on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to understand some of the broad societal impacts of nanotechnology. The Heldrich Center conducted two studies as part of this initiative that are relevant to postsecondary education, including a census of nanotechnology degree programs in the United States and research with employers in Arizona to understand the demand for nanotechnology degrees and skills.

Research on State Policies to Align Higher Education and Economic Development

In 2010, the Heldrich Center, in collaboration with the National Governors Association (NGA), conducted a study of state policies that promote the alignment of higher education with workforce and economic development needs. The study report concluded that community colleges, four-year institutions, and research universities can make a more significant contribution to future economic growth by bringing their educational programs more closely in line with fast-changing market demand.

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