Workforce Development at CCM offers grant-supported training for New Jersey employees in the areas of Business skills, Technology skills, and Manufacturing-related skills. This program is made possible through a grant from the NJ Department of Labor. When funding is released for training, we will list the classes below. Please note that attendance at all class sessions is a mandatory requirement for this program.

If you work for a New Jersey non-governmental business, these classes are grant-supported, and therefore, of no cost to you. See your Human Resources department for an EIN/Tax ID number. (If you do not qualify for free training, but wish to enroll as a paying student, please contact us for alternate registration instructions.)

For all questions, give us a call at 973-328-5188 or email

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) – Fri, Oct 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. On campus: AME 134

This course will provide essential knowledge of how to create a well-structured GD&T, which will improve communications within your machine shop and ensure everyone involved is speaking the same language.GD&T concepts covered will include CNC machining tolerances, the Datum Reference Frame (DRF), interpretation of symbols, the Feature Control Frame, communicating basic dimensions and material condition modifiers.

Advanced Business Writing for Impact – Tues and Thurs, Nov 2 & 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Are you comfortable with grammar, spelling, punctuation, tone, and tailoring your emails/documents to your audiences? Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? If your answer to these questions is “YES,” then this course is for you. We will focus on identifying techniques to capture and hold your reader’s attention, writing for internal communications, making an impact in the digital world – whether for social media, marketing, blogging, or corporate communications. Attendees will have the opportunity to assess their current writing levels and receive practical feedback. You are invited to have access to or bring a writing sample to class. There will be an assignment to complete between the class sessions.

Outlook in a Nutshell – Mon and Wed, Nov 8 & 10, 6-9 p.m.

PREREQUISITE: Basic understanding of Microsoft Windows, access to MS Outlook. 

If you want to build upon your basic Outlook knowledge, then this course is for you. Learn to improve and streamline your work process by refining email management through sorting, grouping, filtering, searching, quick steps, auto-replies, blocking senders, rules and alerts and conditional formatting. You will also learn advanced settings for Calendar, Contacts and more.

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills – Tues and Thurs, Nov 9 & 11, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Does the thought of having to negotiate create stressful feelings? Could it be because there are images of “hard negotiators” who intimidate their opponents? It doesn’t always have to be a negative experience. Attend this session to learn at least five negotiation techniques to increase your confidence, seek the win-win, and to know when – or whether – to walk away. We will cover the phases of the negotiation process, practical strategies, and effective tools to achieve your goals.

Excel Functions: Enhance Your Worksheets – Wed, Nov 10 & 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

PREREQUISITE: Understand and use basic Excel functions. This course is designed for participants who have a basic knowledge of Excel functions and want to discover how advanced functions can help save time at work. Learn how to analyze data using advanced formula skills by focusing on functions from various categories within the function library. Also learn how to create conditional formatting rules using formulas, perform complex calculations using Array formulas and create customized lists using data validation.

Excel for Beginners – Thurs, Nov 11 & 18, 1-5 p.m.

An introduction to Microsoft Excel basics including creating spreadsheets, formulas, functions, text, formatting, printing and quick charts. At the completion of the course, you will be able to perform basic Excel skills such as modifying an existing worksheet, building worksheets, copying and moving cells and much more.

Introduction to Manual Machining – Fri, Nov 12 & 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. On campus: AME 136

This course covers precision measurements and elementary theory of cutting and machining methods with emphasis on the proper operation of the manual lathe and the vertical mill.  On campus: AME 136

Respect in the Workplace – Nov 16 & 18, 6-9 p.m.
Research in North America suggests that more than one in three employees have experienced bullying, abuse, harassment, or discrimination in their workplaces. This course provides organizations of all sizes, in any industry, with proactive tools for all employees to combat bullying, abuse, harassment, discrimination, and incivility for a safer, more productive quality of life in the workplace and their personal spaces as well.

Critical Thinking Skills to Become a Problem Solver – Tues and Thurs, Nov 30-Dec 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. – CLASS IS FULL; SIGN UP FOR WAIT LIST

The ability to clearly reason through problems and to present arguments in a logical, compelling way have become key skills for success in today’s world. This workshop will provide tools and hands-on experience with critical thinking and problem solving. We will define the differences between critical and non-critical thinking, identify your preferred thinking style, describe other thinking styles, such as left/right brain and whole mind, develop a process to build or analyze arguments and use creative techniques. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice preparing and presenting arguments and receive feedback on their technique.

Excel: Pivot Tables & Beyond – Fri, Dec 3 & 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

PREREQUISITE: Intermediate Excel or equivalent. Advances in technology have made it possible to store ever increasing amounts of data. Along with this, the need to analyze that data and gain actionable insight is greater than ever. You already have experience working with Excel and creating basic PivotTables to summarize data. But, Excel is capable of doing much more. Being able to harness the power of advanced PivotTable features and create PivotCharts will help you to gain a competitive edge. You will not only be able to summarize data for you to analyze, but also organize the data in a way that can be meaningfully presented to others. This leads to data-driven business decisions that have a better chance for success for everyone involved.

PowerPoint: Creating Cutting Edge Presentations – Wed, Dec 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

PREREQUISITE: Working knowledge of PowerPoint. This is not a basic course! Capture your business audience with easy to use impressive and powerful PowerPoint features most people don’t know about. Become a more effective and efficient PowerPoint user. Keep your audience’s attention riveted to the screen with engaging messages and graphics. Have your charts build themselves right before your viewers’ eyes. Wow them with your clear and powerfully presented message. By taking advantage of these tools, you will be creating presentations that not only stand out from the crowd, but also don’t consume all of your available time.