Lautenberg, Menendez Announce $3 Million for Newark Workforce Development U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced nearly $3 million in federal funding to improve services at the Newark Workforce Center for Career Development (NWCCD),
BigNews.Biz - Jun 16,2012 - Lautenberg, Menendez Announce $3 Million for Newark Workforce Development
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced nearly $3 million in federal funding to improve services at the Newark Workforce Center for Career Development (NWCCD), a one-stop service center for job-seekers. The center works directly with local businesses and the New Jersey Department of Labor to provide information on employment opportunities, vocational and job training, and assistance with obtaining unemployment insurance. The Newark Workforce Investment Board (NWIB), which operates the NWCCD, received the funding through the U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund, and will use the funds to update the city's workforce system by investing in data technology, performance management, and improved service at the NWCCD.
“These federal investments in improved technology, job training, and placement services will help Newark job-seekers and businesses alike,” said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Appropriations Committee, which funds the Department of Labor. “By improving New Jersey’s workforce development system, we can provide our state’s businesses and families with a more productive and resilient economy with greater opportunities for those looking for work.”
“A modernized One-Stop Career Center is critical to the Mayor’s efforts to connect unemployed Newark residents with job opportunities,” said Menendez. “With improved tools, integrated workforce data and performance measures, the NWIB will be better equipped to provide services and place more job seekers in good jobs.”
Workforce Innovation Fund grants like this one are designed to promote innovative approaches to modernize and streamline workforce development systems. These funds will allow the NWCCD to acquire and analyze the detailed data needed to allocate workforce development resources in a way that will have the greatest impact on reducing unemployment.