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Business Partnership & North Plainfield School District Establish Student Mentoring Program

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Explanatory Workshop Wednesday, January 25, 2017

 BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership has entered into a unique arrangement with the North Plainfield School District, establishing a program to prepare high school seniors for employment opportunities upon graduation.

 Working with the local business community, the program will provide employers with the opportunity to develop a solution to the entry level skills gap by implementing a mentoring program for their next generation of employees.

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 The partnership will allow students who are college-bound and/or are seeking employment upon high school graduation to learn necessary skills and gain experience in line with established workforce needs.

 On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M., North Plainfield School Superintendent James McLaughlin will lead a discussion on the district’s existing mentorship program and how the business community can create opportunities for high school seniors. The free workshop will be held at the Business Partnership, 360 Grove Street in Bridgewater, NJ. To register, log onto http://bit.ly/1-25-17NoPl or call 908-218-4300.

 “In response to an ever tightening labor market, we are cultivating a talent pipeline of students who have experiences with Cisco networking, applied learning in Biomedical Sciences, and 21st century technology skills,” explained McLaughlin. “Many of our students can use social media across a variety of platforms to assist businesses to market services and products, generate brand awareness, increase website traffic, and build customer loyalty,” he concluded. 

“The North Plainfield School District should be commended for developing and implementing an innovative program to prepare students for entry into the workplace,” stated Mike Kerwin, President/CEO of the Business Partnership. “There is both a lifelong benefit to the students and an immediate reward for the participating businesses. The Business Partnership is pleased to be in a position to participate by facilitating the connection between the district with the business community.”

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