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EDISON — Ten students graduated from the Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Training Program, run by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, the New Jersey Community Colleges Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, and Middlesex County College. The class, a 12-week, 288-hour rigorous progam, included sessions on mathematics, safety, metallurgy, welding, milling, as well as computer and job-search techniques. The students were previously unemployed; half now have been hired and the others are optimistic they will soon have jobs.

Seated, from left to right: Julio Pagan (East Brunswick); Hector Abreu (South Bound Brook); Christopher Williams (Somerset); Roy Easterling (Carteret). Standing: Dr. Peter Contini, director of the community College Consortium; Robert Staudinger, CEO, National Manufacturing Company, Inc; Angela Androla, coordinator for the Community College Consortium; Steve Kirbos, the instructor; Robert Rosa, chief financial officer of the Community College Workforce Consortium; Anthony Jennings (Elizabeth); Cory Frisco (East Brunswick); Donald Perkin (South River); Jorge Berdecia-Rivera (New Brunswick); Dorian James (Edison); Lawrence Becker (Port Reading); Mary Ellen Clark, deputy commissioner, NJ Department of Labor; and Dr. Patricia Moran, director of the Middlesex County College Institute for Management and Technical Development. In the foreground are metal objects created as class projects. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County College)

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