Montclair State University will give free professional development classes tomorrow to all federal employees to help them gain skills while they are out of work during the government shutdown.  

The classes include training in skill transferability, Microsoft Excel, bitcoin and blockchain. The American Federation of Government Employees union, the National Treasury Employee Union and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association will be on hand.

Newark is home to several office buildings that conduct work for the federal government, including the Veterans Administration Building at 20 Washington Pl. The federal courthouse and Peter Rodino Federal Building are also in Newark.

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There are an estimated 10,000 federal employees in New Jersey, excluding postal workers.  

“As the state’s second largest public university, we are committed to providing educational opportunities and serving the greater community,” the university said in a release. “We care deeply about our neighbors who are affected by the government shutdown. This event is the University’s way of showing our appreciation and support for our public servants.”

The program will include a breakfast and networking lunch.  A federal identification card and online registration are required.

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