As a follow up to an analysis the Heldrich Center performed of the Union County, New Jersey economy in 2007-2008 (Phases 1 & 2: see completed projects section for more information), the Center has been working with Union County Officials to operationalize key initiatives and plans and to develop a comprehensive workforce strategy that will inform future policy and planning efforts in the county.
The Heldrich Center is under contract with the National Organization on Disability (NOD) to conduct an evaluation of its U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Add Us In grant entitled “Every Talent/Every Skill” (ET/ES). The ET/ES project will serve northern New Jersey and New York City’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT); minority; and women-owned businesses who seek to build a more inclusive workplace by hiring and promoting New Jersey and New York residents with disabilities.
The Heldrich Center is under contract with The Workplace, Inc. of southwestern Connecticut to conduct an evaluation of its U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Add Us In grant, which seeks to improve the employment outcomes of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons with disabilities. Through the grant, The Workplace, Inc. is building partnerships with employers, LGBT-serving organizations, disability-serving organizations, and the workforce system to help LGBT people with disabilities become employed.
In April 2000, the Heldrich Center co-sponsored a conference, with Rutgers University’s Center for Women and Work, to explore ways to permanently eliminate workplace barriers for women, to end gender inequity, and to realize the full potential of America’s workforce. The conference featured a keynote address by Debra E. Meyerson (School of Education, Stanford University), and a panel discussion with Barbara Lee (Dean, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University), Ann Logan (Bryn Mawr College), Hannah Storm (The Early Show on CBS), and Dr. Meyerson.
In 2003, the Heldrich Center completed a study on the formation of Business Leadership Networks in other states. The study identified best practices and suggested strategies for establishing a Business Leadership Network in New Jersey.
Funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services, through a federal Medicaid Infrastructure Grant.
In 2008, the Heldrich Center, together with Harvard University and the National Bureau of Economic Research, completed a report based on a national forum on the future of engineering. More than 30 of the nation’s leading employers, scholars, and deans of engineering schools met to identify key obstacles and promising programs for strengthening America’s engineering workforce.
Since 2004, the Heldrich Center and Verizon New Jersey have jointly created industry-education alliances to educate New Jersey students, parents, educators, and school counselors about promising career options and the skills needed to work in today's labor market. A Career Connections Steering Committee was convened and includes the state's top business, education, and school counseling organizations as well as the New Jersey Department of Education.
From 2005 to 2010, the Heldrich Center conducted a study of the workforce implications of nanotechnology in the United States. The study, funded by the National Science Foundation, included workforce assessments of the nanotechnology industry in three regions of the United States. The Heldrich Center used interviews and a web-based survey of companies to understand the changing skill and educational requirements of the nanotechnology industry in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.
In 2002, the Center conducted a comprehensive process evaluation of welfare-to-work services in Camden County, New Jersey to profile the array of services provided in the county and to identify areas where the system could be strengthened. The evaluation featured extensive, in-depth site visits to all service providers in Camden County, focus groups with recipients, in-depth interviews with program staff and stakeholders, analysis of administrative data, and a telephone follow-up survey of individuals receiving services. (Funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services)
From 2010 to 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted a study which included an overview of the graduation rates and college engineering program dynamics for engineering, and an analysis by discipline. The analysis provides background information on trends in the supply of new engineers to the labor market over the past three decades.