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.
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.
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.
In June 2010, the Heldrich Center evaluated the site mapping, nomenclature, and content of the employment section of the Disability.gov Web site. Disability.gov has over a quarter of a million visitors every month who seek information about topics such as employment, housing, benefits, civil rights, and education. The Heldrich Center provided observations and recommendations for reorganizing the employment specific section of the site to make it more user-friendly and effective for Disability.gov users, including job seekers, workforce professionals, and employers.
The Heldrich Center is working with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies to provide technical assistance and subject matter expertise to three states (Minnesota, New York, and Idaho) who are recipients of demonstration funding to pilot a social media component as part of a larger initiative to provide stronger and more integrated reemployment services to Unemployment Insurance claimants through the workforce system.
Under a contract with BCT Partners, through funding from the U.S Department of Labor, the Heldrich Center provides technical assistance to support the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) efforts to expand the capacity of the public workforce investment system to serve persons with disabilities who are Social Security Insurance and Disability beneficiaries and promote their employment in jobs leading to economic self-sufficiency.
The Heldrich Center is under contract with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide technical assistance and staff development at four DEI sites located in Passaic, Bergen, Burlington, and Cumberland/Salem counties and to evaluate the process and effectiveness of the state’s technical assistance and staff intervention efforts.
The Talent Network projects are designed to improve connections among employers, job seekers, and education and workforce providers to ensure the delivery of a skilled workforce for key industries. As part of this work, the Heldrich Center worked with several New Jersey community colleges to use labor market information and other industry intelligence to better inform students about career prospects and to improve the alignment of degree and course content with industry skill needs.
The Heldrich Center is working with the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University on a study of the effectiveness of One-Stop Career Centers co-located on community college campuses in North Carolina. Because the co-located One-Stop Career Centers have been established relatively recently (late 1990s) and not all community colleges have them, some students have had greater exposure to the program for reasons exogenous to students’ own characteristics and choices.