The Continuing Professional Education division at NJIT is pleased to announce that the EmployME! Information Technology (IT) training program for adults (www.myemployme.org), has successfully placed more than 62 percent of the program’s graduates from its first full session. Through this unusual program, funded by a $946,000 grant from the Henry H. Kessler Foundation, West Orange, overall more than 14 graduates are now at work in positions throughout New Jersey either full time or as interns. Others have moved on to continue their education in other NJ educational and training providers.
EmployME! offers 18 weeks of IT training at NJIT to prepare underserved, unemployed and underemployed people with and without disabilities for entry level and advanced IT jobs. Classes focus on technology and desktop publishing, Unix systems administration and the very useful and most attractive administration or office technology skills to employers.
Employers include the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, PSE&G, the Social Security Administration, Prudential Financial, Snap VRS, Cornerstone Solutions and St. Barnabas Medical Center. A weekly “job club” at NJIT for graduates and students has evolved into a terrific program benefit enabling EmployME! grads to gather and swap stories about first jobs. Not only have friendships been made but the grads have established a support network of people who understand the typical trials and tribulations that new grads often face.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Reporters are invited to attend a weekly meeting to get a better picture of the importance of this program and the lasting relationships formed by this unique group. Grads hail from throughout the state and can be paired with reporters covering the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic and Union.
Registration is underway for the next EmployME! session starting September 15, 2008 at NJIT. Candidates must be at minimum ninth-grade reading and eighth-grade math levels and either in the process of earning or possess a high school diploma or GED. The candidate must have a positive attitude, present him or herself in a business-like manner and show a level of workplace savvy. Computer skills are also required. Program staff can assist eligible applicants to obtain appropriate grants and loans to cover tuition. To learn more, call Matthew Kitchen, program manager at 973-596-3062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.