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Experience counts

Melanie Casper-Duffey has worked in technical jobs for all of her adult life. Now 48, she was employed full-time without any problems until about two and a half years ago. She signed up with NJMEP in late June and began taking a technical skills class in mid-July, which she completed in August. By Sept. 20, she had started a technical sales position at Electro-Steam Generator in Rancocas.

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manufacturing apprentices

OPINION: Use alternate route

The fact is that there are many viable industries in New Jersey that provide paths to solid careers and the Garden State needs all of them moving forward to be financially healthy. They include finance, retail, tourism, health care and – yes – manufacturing and STEM. By: NJMEP Chief Executive Officer John Kennedy

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The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' new New Jersey Carpenters Apprentice Training Center, in Edison.

(a lot of) Help wanted

Vocational training programs - like those from the Northeast Carpenters Apprentice Fund, Lincoln Tech in Mahwah and the Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey - strive to meet the need for more workers in skilled trades

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