New Start Career Network & Ready To Work NJ Form Strategic Alliance

New Program Provides NJ Businesses with Opportunity for Wage Reimbursement when they hire Long-Term Unemployed Job Seekers

 April 15, 2016 – New Brunswick, NJ

The New Start Career Network (NSCN) and the New Jersey Community College Consortium (NJCCC) have announced an exciting new program to help New Jersey’s older (ages 45+) long-term unemployed job seekers reconnect to full-time employment.

New Start Reconnect offers New Jersey businesses the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 in wage reimbursement per hire for up to six months for hiring a NSCN member. Participating in New Start Reconnect allows any New Jersey business of any size within the life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and information technology industries to be reimbursed 50% to 90% of an eligible NSCN member’s wages, based on the company’s current number of employees.

Qualifying positions eligible for wage reimbursement must be full time (30 hours per week or more), last beyond the reimbursement period, and have a minimum pay of $14.00 per hour.

New hires who are members of the NSCN must be eligible and qualified under NJCCC’s Ready To Work New Jersey program. Employers can hire more than one individual through New Start Reconnect as long as all new hires meet the qualifications.

“While New Jersey’s economy has improved in recent months, the state continues to have one of the highest rates of long-term unemployment in the nation,” said NSCN director Maria Heidkamp. “New Start Reconnect provides employers in IT, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing a financial incentive to help put some of these individuals back to work.”

“NSCN’s partnership with our nationally recognized grant work in helping New Jersey’s long-term unemployed will expand the employer list benefiting from the generous financial incentives for hiring our candidates,” said Sivaraman Anbarasan, Executive Director/CEO of NJCCC.

To learn more about New Start Reconnect, contact Maria Heidkamp at 848.932.1490 or


The New Start Career Network, based at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, makes available a wide range of services, free of charge, including web-based job search, résumé, and mock interview tools; personal coaching; and access to training opportunities with employers. New Jerseyans who have been jobless for more than six months and are 45 years of age or older are eligible for assistance. Over 900 individuals have already enrolled in the program, which was launched in late October 2015. More than 100 volunteers are serving as career coaches. Learn more at

NJCCC’s Ready To Work New Jersey is a four-year grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The services include occupational and job skills training as well as placement assistance. More than 400 long-term unemployed individuals have found full-time jobs through the grant services since the program launched in April 2015. Grant services are primarily delivered at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. More information is available at