About Us

The funding for this project has ended

The Ready to Work New Jersey (RTWNJ) program is run by the NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development on behalf of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges in partnership with other organizations. Funded with state and federal grants, the program provides training and job development services, and on-the-job training for the long-term unemployed and underemployed in New Jersey and matches them with employers who need their skills. The program gives preference to unemployed military veterans. The program is also designed to help the incumbents who seek training to advance their careers with their current employers.

michael-j-mcdonough_headshot.jpg“Our state’s community colleges are in a perfect position to help many long-term unemployed people through this Ready To Work NJ grant. The Consortium has a ten year track record in developing and delivering workforce development strategies to directly benefit the employer community and workers of New Jersey. In partnership with NJLWD and industry associations such as NJBIA, we have served over 6,700 companies and 150,000 workers and helped them realize immediate economic benefits from our initiatives. Through this grant we will continue to make an economic impact in every community.” – Dr. Michael J. McDonough, President, Raritan Valley Community College and Chair, Board of Directors

Rob Angelo“This federal grant, along with another $2 million provided by NJLWD has been helping train our long-term unemployed gain the skills needed and identified by our Garden State employers. We have had success before with this employer-focused training approach. With the New Jersey Community College Consortium and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, NJLWD helped to launch the New Jersey Manufacturing Training Initiative five years ago, and we have witnessed an impressive success rate in getting the trainees hired into manufacturing jobs. That is because employers are involved in the process of identifying the skill sets conveyed to the workers and the employers commit early on to bring program graduates aboard. With our employer community involved, we envision continued successes in this endeavor.” –  Hon. Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Our Education Partners
Our education partners provide training services for Ready to Work New Jersey. They include:
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Rowan University
Rutgers University
Stevens Institute of Technology

And the 19 community colleges in New Jersey:

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