The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development released a Notice of Grant Opportunity on Jan. 31 for $2 million to encourage colleges to award credits for work-based learning and related instruction by pairing apprenticeship program partners with college degrees.
The New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education (NJ PLACE) program was announced at the Essential Skills Summit at Middlesex County College on Friday, and is designed to provide financial assistance for students participating in a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program while the apprentice is simultaneously enrolled in a degree program.
The Degree Apprenticeship model will promote a new approach to solving the workforce needs of employers and job-seekers by further integrating work-based learning with college education. Degree apprenticeship programs developed under this grant will allow student apprentices to earn college credits and an apprentice wage at the same time.
Applicants interested in applying for the NJ PLACE 2.0 program must submit a Letter of Intent to express interest in the grant opportunity. NJDOL will host technical assistance workshops for interested parties on Feb. 18 and March 2. The deadline for applications is April 3. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.