ELIZABETH - A new series of programs, just funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and offered through the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, is available free of charge for employers who want to train their workforce and management teams. The Industry-Business Institute at Union County College will bring these to businesses and non-profits in the greater Union County area. These programs are offered at no charge while funding lasts. 
These new programs can be brought to a company or non-profit (non-government) for groups of ten (10) or more participants. The new programs include: Team Building, Time Management, Problem Solving, Supervisory Skills, Management Skills, and Personal Management and Business Professionalism.
Programs already available under this grant are: Customer Service Skills, Customer Service Management, Written Communications, Verbal Communications, Spanish for the Workplace, Introduction to Logistics, Basic Math and Measurement and English as a Second Language. 
Computer skills workshops in MS Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, and MS Windows are also available.

“This new series allows us to create a comprehensive training plan for our clients,” says Dr. Lisa Raudelunas Hiscano, Director of Continuing and Professional Education at Union County College. “Companies and non-profits can book these programs in a series to invest in the professional advancement of their valued employees. These skills are essential at all levels within an organization, whatever size.”
Chambers of commerce, business associations, industry groups or consortiums can form classes from among their members and offer these programs on a schedule that works for them. 
Employees must work a minimum of twenty hours a week to be eligible. 
For information, to schedule a consultation with a representative from the Industry-Business Institute, or to book a class, call Nancy Burke at 908-527-7207 or Denise Petrosky at 908-965-2359 or email ibi@ucc.edu. Visit the IBI website at www.ucc.edu/go/ibi for a full review of the training services available, including customized training programs and assistance in applying for grants to fund them.