The Heldrich Center is partnering with Rutgers University’s Career Services office and the School of Arts and Sciences to develop a unique one-credit course pilot to help undergraduate students better align their major choice, course selection, and other college activities with their career interests and labor market realities. The course will include in-person lectures and online components, including a variety of resources made available online and assignments that lead students through online research tools.
In 2008, the Heldrich Center completed research on efforts taking place in U.S. companies as it pertains to the hiring and retaining of people with disabilities. The study examined the types of corporate practices taking place in American companies, then focused on a single sector — retail trade — and reviewed the myriad of employment opportunities currently available within the retail industry (the nation's largest private sector employer) and how retailers are responding to efforts to move people with disabilities into retail employment. (Funded by a grant from WalMart, Inc)
In 2010, the Heldrich Center prepared a research brief entitled Older Workers, The Great Recession, and the Impact of Long-term Unemployment for the Winter 2011 edition of Public Policy and Aging Report, a publication of the National Academy on an Aging Society, a policy institute of the Gerontological Society of America.
Between 2007 and 2009, the Heldrich Center worked with the BIANJ and its partners to evaluate a pilot service delivery model that addresses the unique needs of people with brain injuries and improves their potential for a positive return to work. This model, established as part of their "Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Brain Injuries" program, was evaluated by Heldrich Center researchers to inform the development of three additional project partner collaboratives.
Since 2007, the Heldrich Center has served as the primary evaluator for the Kessler Foundation, performing regular evaluations of the Foundation’s Signature Grant Program grantees. The Center is using tested evaluation approaches designed to provide feedback to the Kessler Foundation on the effectiveness of the grant programs in meeting their stated goals and to provide feedback to grantees about the best ways to establish and manage their programs in order to maximize the probability that people with disabilities will be employed upon program completion.
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.