Research Topics

Unemployment & Reemployment

In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), the Heldrich Center is providing training and technical assistance to teachers, school counselors, and administrators on the New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJ CAN) website. NJ CAN is a comprehensive college and career readiness web-based resource that allows students to take personal assessments and career and interest inventories to better understand themselves and navigate their educational experiences in middle school, high school, and postsecondary education.

The Heldrich Center is working with New Jersey City University (NJCU) on a project designed to inform the development of the internship program and curriculum review in NJCU’s new business department. The goal of this effort is to help NJCU obtain the data and information they need to better align curricula and internship programming with the local labor market.

The Heldrich Center, in partnership with the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, is conducting a study to understand the workforce composition of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) and to identify best practices in recruiting and retaining females and underrepresented minorities in key professional positions. To do this, the research team is conducting a thorough literature review to identify best practices within and outside of the transportation industry.

The Heldrich Center is leading a multi-partner effort to develop a national Transit Virtual Career Network funded with a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program.

From 2007 to 2009, the Heldrich Center conducted an evaluation of the EmployMe! program established by the New Jersey Institute of Technology under a grant from the Henry H. Kessler Foundation. The EmployMe! program provided training to individuals with disabilities to help them obtain information technology jobs. The Center’s evaluation featured a quasi-experimental design that compared the employment outcomes of participants with those of similar individuals who did not participate in the program.