As part of its assistance to transition economies in Southeastern Europe, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) requested research on countries in Central and Eastern Europe that had experience with restructuring their coal sectors. The Heldrich Center, through an agreement with Worldwide Strategies, Inc., conducted research on the employment impacts of coal sector restructuring in Russia, Poland, and Hungary.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently launched, through support from the Henry H. Kessler Foundation, an innovative and collaborative demonstration program to address the workforce challenges of the disabled population while responding to job needs in the information technology and information services labor market. The program offers high-quality training and job placement to individuals with physical disabilities, as well as sensory and cognitive disabilities, residing in Essex County, New Jersey for jobs in the information technology field.
The Heldrich Center is conducting a five-year project to evaluate the effect of programs intended to increase parental involvement in New Jersey's low-income schools. The research team will employ an array of methodologies, including site visits to study school districts, analysis of program data, telephone surveys of parents, and surveys of district and school personnel to determine how well the programs might be strengthened.
This project seeks to develop “linked,” tripartite case studies of industry, workers, and communities. These cases will examine business strategy, workforce development and career patterns, and engage communities in assessing labor market and socioeconomic changes in the Arctic and sub-Arctic wage economy.
In 2006, the Heldrich Center worked with the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the State of New Jersey to establish a Business Leadership Network in New Jersey. A Business Leadership Network is a business-led and business-driven organization that assists employers with recruitment and retention of people with disabilities. In September 2006, the Heldrich Center organized a core group of interested employers to establish a permanent Business Leadership Network within the state. The Henry H.