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Job Skills for Growth Industries in Burlington County

Meeting the local workforce demands and ensuring the education and training students obtain match these demands were driving forces behind the creation of a new seminar, “Job Skills for Growth Industries in Burlington County,” presented by Burlington County College (BCC) in collaboration with the Burlington County Bridge Commission Department of Economic Development and Regional Planning and Burlington County Library System. Educators, superintendents, guidance counselors, college administrators, workforce development professionals, and incubator directors are invited to attend the free seminar, sponsored in part by a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation, on Monday, Feb. 11.

The seminar will feature representatives from financial services, health care, technology, and transportation, logistics and distribution industries, which are some of New Jersey’s key industries experiencing growth according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Bureau of Labor Market Information. A panel discussion, moderated by Mark A. Remsa, PP, LLA, Director of the Burlington County Bridge Commission Department of Economic Development and Regional Planning, will strive to identify and define the skills that entry-level employees should have in order to successfully secure employment in these industries. The relationship between addressing human capital needs and supporting continuous growth will also be discussed. Participants will also learn about the resources available to small business owners and entrepreneurs, including virtual incubation, and how it can support business development.

“To make the connection between education and the needs of our growing industries is of the utmost importance to the College,” said BCC President, David Hespe. “We are committed to decreasing the unemployment rate and increasing the professional success of our County residents. As we prepare our students for the future, it is imperative we equip them with the skills employers need.”

The following representatives will serve as panelists: Dolores Calicchio, SPHR, Chief People Officer – Human Resources for BAYADA Home Health Care; Debbie Deissroth, MBA, SPHR, Vice President & Regional HR Manager for Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.; Michael Ciliberti, Director of Operations for Ancero, LLC; Trisha Tayan, Vice President of Human Resources for NFI Industries; Glenn Manko, Director of Talent Acquisition for NFI Industries; Tony Mahon, President of AJM Insurance Management; Jennifer Worth, Program Manager, Workforce and Economic Development for the AACC; and Frank Keith, Director, Emeritus for the Incubators at BCC.

The seminar will be held in the Enterprise Center at BCC, 3331 Route 38, on BCC’s Mount Laurel campus, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by a continental breakfast. A networking lunch will conclude the day’s program. This is a free event. Registration is required and space is limited.

BCC is also looking for participants for upcoming employer focus groups. Businesses that are in, or hire employees in, the following fields are encouraged to participate: business administration, business management technology, accounting, human services, computer science, computer servicing & networking technology, computer information systems, graphic design & digital media, culinary arts, food service & hospitality management technology, and computer-aided drafting & design technology. The goal is to ensure the College is producing graduates in these fields that are meeting the demands of the job market and the needs of the regional business community. The focus groups will be held on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Enterprise Center at BCC, located on the Mount Laurel campus, 3331 Route 38. For more information, or to participate, please contact Max Slusher, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research at (609) 894-9311, ext. 1543 or email gslusher@bcc.edu.

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About Burlington County College

Burlington County College (BCC), a comprehensive community college, provides all individuals access to affordable and quality education. For more information, please call (609) 894-9311 or (856) 222-9311 or visit www.bcc.edu.

About the Burlington County Bridge Commission Department of Economic Development and Regional Planning

The Burlington County Bridge Commission’s Department of Economic Development and Regional Planning is Burlington County’s agent for economic development and regional planning. The Department’s mission is to promote the attainment of the highest possible quality of life for Burlington County residents and businesses from smart, sustainable growth and development that provide a balance between economic development and the preservation of resources for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations. In addition to providing planning services to municipalities, the Department administers the County’s loan programs, offers other pooled loan and lease financings, manages U.S. Census and other important data, and in collaboration with the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, offers shared services that have saved taxpayer more than $14 million dollars. For more information, please visit www.bcbridges.org.

About the Burlington County Library System

The Burlington County Library System has the distinction of serving the largest New Jersey county geographically. Through the Burlington County Library System, residents located in 818 square miles of both rural and suburban areas have access to numerous programs for children and adults, a multi-million dollar reference collection, thousands of periodicals in print or electronic format, 900,000 volumes, as well as more than 50 online databases covering education, health, careers, business, history, multicultural issues, genealogy and more. Other collections include large print books, eBooks, New Jersey and genealogy materials, foreign language titles, DVDs, CDs, and CD-ROMs. For more information, please visit www.bcls.lib.nj.us or call (609) 267-9660.

About the American Association of Community Colleges

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students. AACC promotes community colleges through five strategic action areas: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; student access, learning, and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education. For more information, please visit www.aacc.nche.edu.

About the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation

The Charles Stuart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grant making is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint, Michigan area and Pathways out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with 2011 year-end assets of approximately $2.13 billion, made 456 grants totaling $89.3 million. For more information, please visit www.mott.org.