Research Topics

Education & Training

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.

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.

In 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted research to understand the demand for green jobs in New Jersey and to assess the development of education and training programs to meet this demand.

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.

From 2001 to 2009, through a statewide effort led by the State Employment and Training Commission, the Heldrich Center profiled the key occupational and skill needs of over a dozen industries and areas of work in New Jersey and provided recommendations for workforce and education providers to better align their services with industry workforce needs.