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.

Research on Community Colleges and Economic Development

In 2005, the Heldrich Center conducted research on the state efforts to engage community colleges as cornerstones of their comprehensive economic development strategies. Recognizing the unique and substantial role community colleges can play in meeting companies’ workforce needs, the study examined states’ efforts to use community colleges as key resources for attracting, maintaining, and supporting key employers in their states.

Labor Market Outcomes of Community Colleges

In 2008, the Heldrich Center calculated employment outcomes for individuals in credit-granting programs at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges for the period from 2002 through 2006 using two existing administrative datasets. This project provided, for the first time, comprehensive information on the employment experiences of both community college graduates as well as the outcomes of those students who attend the colleges — and earn credits — but exit before earning a degree.

Evaluation of Various Youth Programs Funded by the Lucent Technologies Foundation

From 1998 to 2001, the Center served as a primary evaluator for the Lucent Technologies Foundation, performing regular evaluations of the Foundation’s three primary youth and education grant programs. These programs included an ongoing summer program for high school students in Newark, New Jersey; a grant program that provided funding to a wide variety of youth education and development programs in New Jersey;and a national grant program that funded multicultural awareness programs for high school students.

Central New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network and the New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network Projects

In 2008, the Heldrich Center received funding from Johnson & Johnson to identify and address key workforce needs of the healthcare industry in Central New Jersey. An advisory group including hospitals and other healthcare providers prioritized career awareness for young people as a primary workforce need given expected shortages in key occupations and limited awareness among students regarding the breadth and requirements of healthcare careers.

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