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Protecting the pantry

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program and the County College of Morris have introduced online training courses to teach employees of food production companies to protect the integrity of food during its preparation.

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Keep the wheels turning

New Jersey needs more people who can fix cars, and Jim Appleton, president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers is helping to train thousands of individuals to do the work. His organization received a $907,000 grant to the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development to support its Automotive Technician Apprenticeship Program.

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Multi ethnic group of women with various occupations

Breaking the mold

Some government procurement programs favor women-owned business, and a number of programs “in New Jersey in general, and Newark in particular, encourage women entrepreneurs in general,” said Zago Manufacturing Chief Executive Officer Gail Friedberg Rottenstrich. “But not so many in manufacturing. There could be more.”

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Welder/fitter Kevin Minella, left, working with Carl Hosterman, group leader, at Komline Sanderson in the NJMEP Apprentice Program.

Making waves

Gov. Phil Murphy announced grant awards on Feb. 11 totaling $2.8 million to seven New Jersey businesses, colleges and other organizations for training programs that will employ 480 new apprentices within the next 12 months. The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program received $596,000 for its efforts through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors program. The training is designed to promote economic growth by building experience.

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