The Center, located at 274 South Orange Ave. in Newark, is now able to offer financial aid, in the form of Pell grants, to applicants of the following post-secondary vocational programs:
- Academic Enrichment
- Patient Care Technician (includes: Certified Home Health Aide, EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician)
- Certified Medical Assistant (includes: Direct Care, Medical Billing and Coding, EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician)
- Automotive Technician
- Building Trades
- Culinary Arts
- ShopRite Partners-In-Training
Each program provides students with real hands-on training as part of their classroom learning experience. The Pell grants, which are awarded based on financial need, give students an opportunity to gain marketable skills in high-demand fields—such as automotive and health care—without having the cost of tuition present a barrier, according to Rodney Brutton, director of Workforce.
The Workforce Development Center is approved to administer Title IV Pell grants from the U.S. Department of Education and VA Education Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
All of NCC’s vocational programs—from healthcare to customer service—emphasize a holistic approach to helping individuals reach self-sufficiency. As part of the programs, students will receive case management, participate in life skills and job readiness workshops, financial literacy and receive follow-up from Workforce staff on their progress as they secure a permanent job.
Many graduates have successfully completed their training at New Community Workforce Development Center and moved on to permanent employment. Here are a few examples:
Tashera Taliaferro, a graduate of the Building Trades Program, works at AeroFarms as a Machine Tech 1. She was hired in April 2016 at the indoor farming company’s Newark site, where she inspects and maintains equipment and machinery inside the vertical farm which produces more than 250 varieties of leafy greens.
Ashton Merritt, a graduate of the Automotive Technician Training Program, works as a full-time laborer at FAPS, also known as Foreign Auto Parts Service, at the Port of Newark. He was hired in September 2015 just weeks after he completed the automotive program. At FAPS, Merritt works on vehicles that end up getting shipped all across the globe.
Todd Anthony was enrolled in the Culinary Arts Specialist Program in 2015 when he ended up landing a job offer. Anthony received a job offer from New Community Extended Care Facility to work in the kitchen of a 180-bed capacity skilled nursing center.
Three young women—Mizani Drummond, Qaneisha McCree and Shamella Hughes—successfully completed the Certified Home Maker/Home Health Aide Program and were soon hired by Caring People Home Healthcare Agency.
The Workforce Development Center also attained candidacy status with the Council on Occupational Education, a national accrediting agency.
“Attaining accreditation is a major accomplishment for New Community Workforce Development Center,” Brutton said. “This validates our curriculums are aligned with industry standards, employers are supporting our work, and graduates are getting jobs,” he said. The Workforce Development Center is required to be in compliance with over 150 institutional standards and criteria.
Workforce Development Center operates under a Certificate of Approval from the New Jersey Department of Education, Private and Vocational School Unit. For more information on financial aid or details related to the training programs, call Workforce at 973-824-6484.
Gain skills: Academic subjects covered including math, social studies, language arts and science and achieve literacy skills.
Future employers: Students will receive entry level job placement assistance.
Certifications: Earn high school diploma or equivalent.
Allied Health (Patient Care Technician and Certified Medical Assistant)
Gain skills: Pursue training to become an EKG technician, homemaker/home health aide, medical assistant or phlebotomy technician.
Future employers: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Allied Care, Caring People Home Healthcare Agency and more.
Certifications: Certified Home Health Aide, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, National Certification Medical Association (NCMA) and National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).
Gain skills: Get both hands-on experience in vehicle repair and maintenance and learn theoretical concepts in the classroom.
Future employers: Autoland, Sansone Automall, Gensinger Volkswagen, FAPS and more.
Certifications: 31 industry-recognized credentials pertaining to steering and suspension, brakes, electrical systems, heating/air conditioning and hybrid maintenance.
Gain skills: Get both hands-on experience in basic carpentry, electricity and plumbing and learn theoretical concepts in the classroom.
Future employers: AeroFarms, Aerotek, TAI Specialty Construction and more.
Certifications: OSHA-10, National Center for Construction Education (NCCER).
Gain skills: Learn to select and develop recipes, prepare and cook dishes, and understand food safety and sanitation.
Future employers: Gourmet Dining LLC, Legal Sea Foods, Theatre Square Grill at NJPAC, Canterbury Village, New Community Extended Care and more.
Certifications: ServSafe certification and food handler’s license.
Gain skills: Learn how to operate ShopRite’s computer-based systems and store operations procedures, cashiering, customer service and food service training.
Future employers: One of several area ShopRite stores or other supermarket retailers.