Chris Christie

Christie Announces Talent Development Centers

At a press conference at Union County College in Cranford, Governor Chris Christie announced the launch of a new Department of Labor retraining and job placement program known as Talent Development Centers. The centers will provide specialized training in three key industries that are in need of skilled workers. These centers will be housed at Union County College, Rutgers University and Camden County College, and will provide education and retraining opportunities in advanced manufacturing (at Camden County College), healthcare (at Rutgers) and transportation, distribution and logistics (at Union County College).

“Displaced workers, as well as those currently employed, will have access to training and educational opportunities to develop and gain new skills, opening new employment opportunities in our state’s leading centers,” Christie said.

The centers are being awarded $2.7 million in grants  – $900,000 for each center – for the first year, with the possibility of renewing beyond that.

“This is being driven by two things: employer needs and the institutions that are best situated and best qualified to be able to provide this work,” Christie said.

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