Research Topics

Workforce Policy & Practice

From 2009 to 2010, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development funded the continuation of the U.S. Department of Labor initiative Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development projects in northern and central New Jersey by providing continued funding for the Bio-1 initiative in central New Jersey and the Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution Talent Network in northern New Jersey.

The Heldrich Center is working with the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University on a study of the effectiveness of One-Stop Career Centers co-located on community college campuses in North Carolina. Because the co-located One-Stop Career Centers have been established relatively recently (late 1990s) and not all community colleges have them, some students have had greater exposure to the program for reasons exogenous to students’ own characteristics and choices.

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.

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.

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.