Celebrating some $8 million in Department of Labor grants were New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold Wirths; Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker; Deputy Labor Secretary Seth Harris; Donald H. Sebastian, PhD, NJIT senior vice president; Nelida Valentin, executive director, Newark Workforce Investment Board (NWIB).
On June 21, NJIT celebrated the award of some $8 million in Department of Labor grants awarded to NJIT and the Newark Workforce Investment Board (NWIB). Partnering with the NWIB, industry partners, local community colleges and other business alliances, NJIT will provide training in high-wage, high-demand information technology occupations to help fill vacancies that otherwise would go to foreign labor using H-1B visas.
The grants will provide funding for local institutions to develop innovative strategies to train workers for a 21st century economy. The NWIB received almost $3 million of the money through the Labor Department’s Workforce Innovation Fund grant program. Improving data assessment, collection and analysis, and to build a workforce system using techniques pioneered in law enforcement and city government will be among the ways the monies will be used.