Industry-Business Institute Offers Free Basic Computer Skills Classes

UNION COUNTY – Now in Plainfield, Cranford and Elizabeth, The Industry-Business Institute at Union County College offers free classes in basic Microsoft applications on an open enrollment basis so employers can boost employee efficiency and responsiveness to demands on the job. Registration is now possible for September classes.

High interest from local businesses has led to an expansion of the program to Union County College’s Plainfield campus which is located at 232 East 2nd Street. Lisa Hiscano, director of IBI says, “This is proving to be a great resource for local companies. The benefits are immeasurable. We also have a mobile computer lab and can bring these classes to a single company at its premises if there are at least ten people for a single class.”

All classes are one day in length, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be held at the college’s Elizabeth Campus, Kellogg Building, 40 W. Jersey Street; Cranford Campus 1033 Springfield Avenue; or the Plainfield Campus 232 East 2nd Street.

The classes are offered through a unique partnership of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA), the New Jersey Community College Consortium, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Through the grant-funded NJBIA Project, companies with a minimum class of ten participating employees can bring these classes to their own premises with the Industry-Business Institute’s new mobile computer lab.

In addition, Effective Listening, Writing and Speaking for Customer Service, a twelve (12) hour program is also offered on an open enrollment basis for two days, September 10th and 12th at the Elizabeth campus. To register, go to

Training is also available in Mathematics and Measurement, and English as a Second Language on a demand basis. If you’d like your employees to hone these skills, call 1-908-965-2359.

For more information visit the Industry-Business Institute’s website at (Ongoing Grant Funded Programs) or email Registration is required but simple.

The NJBIA Project program was designed to simplify employee training for New Jersey businesses. Now in its fifth year (2011-2012), this program has already benefited more than 16,550 employees with 1,125 companies and is available through all 63 of the state’s community college campuses.


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