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CCM Basic Skills Training Programs Receive High Praise from State Officials


Department of Labor Sits in on Class at Atlantic Health System - Posted 7/23/13
Over the last six years, County College of Morris (CCM) has offered free Basic Skills Training to more than 3,500 employees in Morris County through a joint partnership of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. On Tuesday, July 23, CCM’s training program at Atlantic Health System in Morristown received a special visit from LWD Commissioner Harold J. Wirths.

Wirths was on hand to observe a class on “How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation” taught by CCM instructor Lisa Kenneweg. Each year, the LWD tries to visit one to two employers who are taking advantage of the training offered through the grant the state provides to update the skills of employees in New Jersey. Training offered through the program covers a wide range of skills from computer software, to English as a Second Language, to Spanish for Managers, to mathematics and measurement.
 
“I can see tax payer dollars are being well spent,” said Wirths after observing the class. “Community colleges are one of the jewels of the state. I can also tell that Atlantic Health is serious about training its people.”

The Basic Skills training partnership was initiated by NJBIA and launched in 2007. Instruction is delivered by the state’s 19 community colleges either on-site at the employer’s location, on campus or at other training sites.

To date, a total of 3,621 companies, ranging from major corporations to small businesses, and more than 50,000 employees in New Jersey have benefited from the program, according to Sivaraman Anbarasan, executive director of the New Jersey Community College Consortium. “County College of Morris is in the top tier” of the most successful programs in the state, he added.

“We’re very grateful to the Department of Labor and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association for supporting this program,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president. “Through this program, thousands of workers in Morris County have been able to improve their skills and advance their careers, as have many other workers across New Jersey.”

CCM’s Basic Skills Training Program is offered through the college’s Center for Business and Technology. For more information, contact Bob Lipka at 973-328-5185 or Beth Rogers at 973-328-5186.

Photo (l-r): Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of County College of Morris (CCM); Melanie Willoughby, senior vice president of New Jersey Business & Industry Association; Andrew Kovach, vice president, Human Resources and chief administrative officer, Atlantic Health System; Harold J. Wirths, commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Jane Armstrong, dean of Corporate and Community Programs at CCM; Kathleen Mason, manager, Organization Development, Atlantic Health System; Amanda Raddin McGrath, coordinator, Organization Development and Organization Effectiveness, Atlantic Health System; Beth Rodgers, business development specialist for CCM’s Center for Business and Technology; Bob Lipka, director, Customized Training Solutions at CCM; and Sivaraman Anbarasan, executive director of the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.
 
Credit: Rick Burchfield
 

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