EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Campus hosted Governor Phil Murphy and five members of his Cabinet Wednesday. The governor spent about 25 minutes in the Pre-engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Classroom, where teacher Stephen Mercadante and his students demonstrated an array of projects and equipment.
The governor and students used a ShopBot CNC machine to engrave a plaque with “Jobs NJ,” the name of a new initiative the governor announced at a standing-room-only press conference, where he was introduced by MCVTS Superintendent of Schools Dianne Veilleux.
“For New Jersey to succeed in the 21st century economy, we must close the gap between the needs of employers and the skills of prospective employees,” said Governor Murphy. “With our new plan, we are addressing this problem head-on by insuring our residents have the critical training and education they need for jobs that are available and in-demand, and connecting them to those jobs. Together, we are changing our trajectory and transforming our state into one with a stronger and fairer economic future for generations to come.”
Among those who also spoke were Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios; Tim Sullivan, executive director of the state Economic Development Authority; Dr. Lamont Repollet, Commissioner of Education; Zakiya Smith Ellis, Secretary of Higher Education, and Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development.
To read the full NJ JOBS plan, click here.