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Free Basic Skills Training for Employees

Morris County Businesses Presented with Opportunity to Enhance Productivity
As a participating member of the New Jersey Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program, County College of Morris (CCM) is offering free basic skills training to employees of Morris County businesses through a $1 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The training is being offered at no charge to employers thanks to the fourth year of a partnership the Department of Labor has established with the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. Through the partnership, basic skills training is being offered to employees of businesses throughout the state that are members of NJBIA or any New Jersey chamber of commerce.

Employees can participate in basic skills training in English as a second language, written and verbal communications, computer applications (Windows and Microsoft Office), and mathematics and measurements from CCM at no charge.

Qualifying businesses can register as few as one employee or groups of employees in the program. Participating employees, however, need to be paid their usual hourly rate during the time they are taking part in the training sessions.

“CCM will organize classes for employees either at its Randolph campus or at a business location, whichever is most convenient to meet employees’ training needs,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president.

“The Basic Skills Workforce Training Program is useful to companies in a variety of situations: a manufacturer that employs non-English speaking workers, a retailer with employees who need to improve their mathematics skills, a company that needs its employees to develop their communications skills with customers, or a small healthcare provider that is trying to upgrade its employees’ computer skills,” said Philip Kirschner, NJBIA president.

“Classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so businesses are encouraged to apply quickly,” added Kirschner.
Morris County businesses interested in participating in the program, should contact Bob Lipka, manager of CCM Sales and Marketing, at 973-328-5185 for current scheduling updates.

Since its opening in 1968, CCM has provided the community with an outstanding, affordable education. Today, CCM offers more than 70 academic programs, more than 30 certificate programs, and more than 300 non-credit courses for those seeking to improve and enrich their lives.