Union County College To Open Career Services Center

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ELIZABETH – To support Union County’s “Union County Means Business” initiative, Union County College will host the Grand Opening of the Career Services Center on the first floor of the college’s Kellogg Building of the Elizabeth Campus. The Grand Opening will be held at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon. The center will serve as a hub for resources from among several public and private organizations in order to support job growth and economic development.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella, and Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, as well as Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Mohamed Jalloh, Vernell Wright, and Vice Chairman Linda Carter are scheduled to attend.

Along with the Union County Department of Human Services, the chief partners with the college are the county’s Workforce Investment Board, local business advisory boards, the Union County Economic Development Council, the Union County Alliance, and city and regional chambers of commerce.

The college, in collaboration with partner nonprofits and government agencies will provide support for county residents through innovative, effective job-development services. The center will benefit three key constituent groups: college students, local businesses, and local residents.

The college will offer experiential learning and career services for students. These include job development, career counseling, career testing, and courses to facilitate hiring (i.e., training in interview skills and resume creation). The center will provide access to credit programs leading to careers as well as noncredit job certifications.

At the core of the center’s mission will be service for the county’s unemployed and underemployed. The county’s “One Stop” service center will team up with the college’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development, and the city’s Retail Skills Center, to provide a pipeline to employment for the unemployed and underemployed. The center will support the development of realistic educational and occupational goals, provide educational programs (such as in English as a second language, adult basic education, and college preparation) and occupational training to prepare local residents and students to compete in today’s competitive job market.

As a gateway to regional businesses, the center will serve as a one-stop information hub for regional job postings—both online and on a central board. In addition, local businesses through various chambers of commerce and the college’s Industry-Business Institute will provide Union students and area residents the opportunity to bolster their credentials through internships and externships. The services will include the following: career interest and aptitude testing, career counseling, job posting via bulletin boards and plasma screens, connections to internships and externships, and employer training assistance.

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