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NJ Community Colleges to Host National Apprenticeship Week Events

New Jersey’s community colleges will be hosting a variety of events (in-person and virtually) to mark National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 15-21), including panel discussions about apprenticeships, an announcement of a new program, career fairs, tours, open houses, and more.

“On-the-job training is a win-win for businesses and workers. Registered Apprenticeships through New Jersey Community Colleges are a proven way for people to earn a living while getting the training needed to advance themselves in a career. Apprenticeships help to strengthen the workforce and economy by meeting the needs of employers across diverse industries. Our community colleges are excited to highlight the benefits of our programs during National Apprenticeship Week,” said Dr. Aaron Fichtner, president of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC).

The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) celebration offers leaders in business, education, and their partners a chance to express their support for Apprenticeships. NAW was established to celebrate the significant impact Registered Apprenticeship Programs have had in re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities.

Schedule for National Apprenticeship Week

Nov. 16:

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Bergen Community College, “Earn While You Learn” Virtual Panel and Discussion


Panelists will introduce the concept of Apprenticeship, discuss employer benefits, share success stories, and talk about how Apprenticeships help the community with employment. Panel will consist of 2-3 apprentices and their mentors to discuss the rewards and challenges of their relationship, and how mentoring contributes to the success of the apprentice’s journey. If time permits, it will also include speakers to showcase emerging practices and new learning models that have been developed during this grant.

Nov. 17:

8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Raritan Valley Community College, In-Person Open House

Raritan Valley Community College Workforce Training Center, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 0887

The in-person Open House will include informative speakers and activities for students.

1:00 pm

Rowan College of Burlington County Event at Tecomet, In-Person Presentation

Tecomet, 7145 Colonial Lane, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

Three employees with Tecomet, a manufacturing company in Pensauken, will be presented with Journeyperson Certificates from the United States Department of Labor.

5:00 pm -7:00 pm

Middlesex College, In-Person Open House

2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08818

An in-person Open House to learn about the Non-Credit Programs in Culinary, Business and Computer Science, Healthcare Professional Development for Teachers, Technology Creative Arts and Personal Enrichment, Camp, Child Care Retirement Strategies, Apprenticeships, Corporate Training Careers in the Trades, and English as a Second Language. Enjoy a culinary demonstration (and sample the food!) while you learn about the Continuing Education classes.

Nov. 18:

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Camden County College, In-Person Manufacturing Employer Tours and Apprenticeships Forum

Taft Hall, Presentation Room, 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012

This in-person Forum is being held for manufacturing employers to learn about the benefits of participating in Apprenticeships, in addition to a tour of Camden County College’s CIM Center factory floor. Discussion topics will include: USDOL Registered Apprenticeships, Apprenticeship Grant Opportunities (online and in-person), and Camden County College’s Online Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs (Machinist, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, and Welding).

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bergen Community College Event at One Stop Center, In-Person Apprenticeship and Employer Hiring Event,

One Stop Center, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652

Bergen Community College will host six local employer partners for a hiring event. Invited employers are welcomed to recruit residents in the local community and throughout New Jersey.   Tables will be set up in one the building’s lobbies. The college will also have a table at the One Stop to promote Continuing Education Programs.

10:00 am

Hudson County Community College Event at IUOE Local 825, In-Person Signing Ceremony

IUOE Local 825 Training Facility, 338 Deans Rhode Hall Road, Dayton, NJ 08810

The Signing Ceremony with Hudson County Community College and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 825 to celebrate the agreement and launch of the NJ Place 2.0 Dual Education Program.

12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:30 pm

County College of Morris, In-Person Tours

214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ 07869

County College of Morris will be hosting tours throughout the day to showcase to potential students and the community our new Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Building.

Nov. 19:

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bergen Community College, Virtual Apprenticeship Career Fair


Healthcare Employer Virtual Panel, 12 -1 pm

Manufacturing Employer Virtual Panel, 1 -2 pm

The Virtual Apprenticeship Career Fair will begin with two healthcare employers talking about apprenticeship opportunities and their companies’ respective organizational cultures. Immediately following, two manufacturing employers will discuss similar opportunities in their organizations.

3:30 pm

Hudson County Community College In-Person Apprenticeship Celebration at Eastern Millwork

Eastern Millwork, 143 Chapel Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Holz Technik Advance Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program: Celebrating the Collaboration with Hudson County Community College, Eastern Millwork, Inc., and Thomas Edison State University. Celebrating the Holz Technik Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program. A collaboration with employer, Community College, and 4-year university.

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