EDISON, NJ – April 15, 2019 – The futures of more than 50 residents of the Edison Housing Authority just got brighter after attending at the Work Resource Day, April 10, hosted by the Office of Workforce Development at Robert Holmes Gardens.

"The Office of Workforce Development's collaboration with the Edison Housing Authority gives us the opportunity to bring our services out to the community, enabling us to reach more people,” said Kevin J. Kurdziel, interim department head, Middlesex County Department of Business Development and Education. “While Middlesex County's unemployment rate remains low, there are still many people who need jobs or are underemployed.  Our partnership with the Edison Housing Authority allows us to connect their residents with sustainable employment opportunities that meet the hiring needs of local businesses."

Twelve employers including UPS, FedEx, HMS Host, Amazon, Sunoco, Wakefern, U.S. Census, Arc of Middlesex County, and Carefinders Total Care came looking for employees and found them there. Bruker, a manufacturer, is offering apprenticeships to train new employees to replace retiring skilled workers. Agencies represented were Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development, Workforce 55+, Department of Labor Wage and Hourly Division, Dress for Success, Family Support Organization Of Middlesex County, New Jersey Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (NJID).

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A second Work Resource Day is scheduled for April 17 for the residents of Julius Engel Gardens.

The several attendees prepared for the event by attending a resume writing session that took place at the housing authority two weeks prior.

 “Our residents worked so diligently at sharpening their resumes and honing their interviewing skills,” said Deborah Hurley, executive director of the Edison Housing Authority. “We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to our residents who are so deserving. We look forward to repeating this success April 17 with our residents at Julius Engel Gardens.”

Barbara Heyward, executive manager for business services and compliance at the Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development, announced a second opportunity for the residents from Verizon. The communication giant is looking to hire 40 women to train as coders. They are looking for disenfranchised women who may lack marketable skills. Information sessions will take place April 16 and 17, beginning at 9 a.m., at 550 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick.

About Edison Housing Authority

The Edison Housing Authority creates, offers and provides qualified lower income families the best opportunities for affordable, safe and decent housing and communities. EHA’s goal is to significantly contribute to families achieving and sustaining economic self-sufficiency.