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Bergen Community College, partners launch $12M health care grant

Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies will expand apprenticeship programs for 5,000+ residents

At the lectern, Bergen Community College President Michael Redmond, is joined, from left, by Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Vice Chair Mary Amoroso, Freeholder Chair Germaine Ortiz and New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo as BCC announces a $12 million apprentice grant at its Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center in Paramus.

At the lectern, Bergen Community College President Michael Redmond, is joined, from left, by Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Vice Chair Mary Amoroso, Freeholder Chair Germaine Ortiz and New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo as BCC announces a $12 million apprentice grant at its Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center in Paramus. – RUSS DESANTIS PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO LLC

Bergen Community College announced receiving a $12 million U.S. Department of Labor grant during a Sept. 25 event in the institution’s Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center.

The Bergen-led application represented one of 23 projects awarded a total of $183.8 million by the federal government during this cycle.

As part of the Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant, Bergen will lead a consortium of partners to expand and enhance apprenticeship programs for more than 5,000 New Jersey residents.

The four-year NJ HealthWorks initiative includes 14 community colleges and health care partners such as CVS Health, the Health Care Association of New Jersey and the RWJBarnabas Health.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development also supported the consortium’s application.

In short, this program creates opportunity and expands economic mobility, both of which are central to our mission as a community college …
– Bergen County Community College President Michael Redmond

The kickoff event featured remarks from Bergen President Michael Redmond, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chair Germaine Ortiz and New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo.

“This grant represents the best kind of collaborative partnership and we look forward to working together to help put people to work,” said Redmond. “In short, this program creates opportunity and expands economic mobility, both of which are central to our mission as a community college and aligns with the Vision 2028 Framework for the Future initiative of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.”

Health care represents a cornerstone of Bergen County’s workforce,” Ortiz said. “This grant will not only help put people to work, but further support the needs of health care employers who require high-skilled, supremely trained employees. I am proud that Bergen Community College has taken a leadership role in this effort and excited about the possibilities that stand before us.”

“In my mind, there is almost no industry sector that cannot benefit from an apprenticeship program, and this new partnership among government, industry, and higher education proves the point,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo.

Under the grant, Bergen will expand nine existing programs and create five new initiatives, blending classroom education and work experience in positions such as sonographers, patient care technicians and paramedics.

The grant will specifically target assisting residents in underserved populations including displaced, unemployed, underemployed and veteran workers.

Health care added 220,700 new jobs in New Jersey during the last 27 years, nearly outpacing the entire private sector’s employment growth over the same period. With six hospitals and more than 70,000 jobs, health care represents Bergen County’s top workforce cluster.

The NJ HealthWorks partners:

  • Bergen Community College (lead)
  • Advanced Subacute Rehabilitation Center
  • Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Camden County College
  • Christian Health Care Center
  • County College of Morris
  • CVS Health
  • East Orange Medical Practice
  • Essex County College
  • Hudson County Community College
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Middlesex County College
  • Ocean County College
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Roosevelt Care Center at Edison
  • Rowan College at Burlington County
  • Rowan College at Gloucester County
  • RWJBarnabas Health System
  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center
  • Union County College

Additional partners include District Council Local 1199J Training and Education Fund, the Health Care Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and Garden State Employment and Training Association.

Anthony Vecchione, senior reporter, NJBIZ
Anthony Vecchione
Anthony Vecchione covers health care for NJBIZ. You can contact him at: Avecchione@njbiz.com.

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