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ERIC Number: EJ1002262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Training on Demand
Maliszewski, Casey; Nespoli, Lawrence; Rosa, Robert
Community College Journal, v83 n3 p42-46 Dec 2012-Jan 2013
Nearly a decade ago officials at New Jersey's 19 community colleges sought a way for the state's two-year career and technical college system to work together to more efficiently serve the workforce development needs of the state. The goal was to say to businesses, "If you have a training need, we can help by delivering the "combined" training expertise and resources of all of our community colleges to your employees, no matter where your business is located." Ten years later, through an innovative statewide partnership, New Jersey community colleges have managed to do just that. When New Jersey started down this path in 2003, its colleges were invited to provide modest startup capital to create the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. All 19 of New Jersey's community colleges joined the consortium and provided funding to open an office, hire an executive director, and begin statewide marketing to the business community. Since that time, the consortium has provided training (through its member colleges) to more than 60,000 employees at more than 3,400 businesses throughout New Jersey. One of the consortium's greatest successes is its collaboration with statewide trade associations. The power of this statewide collaboration was recently brought to bear on a new training model that is already showing great promise. Called "Training on Demand," this latest approach emphasizes employer needs while leveraging partnerships to maximize the resources available throughout the state. Training on Demand actively engages local and regional employers in the design of the curriculum, the delivery of the training, and the screening and selection of trainees to both encourage successful placement and promote efficiency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey