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Talent Development Center for Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Industry of New Jersey Established at Union County College

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the audience at Union County College’s Cranford Campus. Credits: file photo
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CRANFORD - Union County College will take the lead in preparing the workforce in New Jersey for the demands for skilled workers in the transportation, logistics and distribution sector of the state’s industry.

On Thursday, April 14, Governor Chris Christie visited Union County College’s Cranford campus to announce the $900,000 grant through which the College will run the TLD programming. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has granted $2.7 million to three schools across New Jersey to develop needed skills programming: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in healthcare; Camden County College in advanced manufacturing; and Union County College in transportation, logistics, and distribution. Union will develop and deliver training programs for incumbent workers at employers in the state and in training programs that will provide skills to unemployed workers and prepare them for entry into jobs.

Union County College has a campus located in Elizabeth, near the major modes of transportation of goods into and out of the state, the ports in Newark and Elizabeth, the airport and the major transportation highways. The College has also been instrumental in offering industry-specific training in Supply Chain Management as part of a consortium of twelve colleges and universities across the country. Union’s participation in the LINCS Supply Chain Management Program includes curriculum development for a series of eight (8) training modules in Supply Chain Management and strong delivery of these programs at companies and at their campuses for the past two years.

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Union County College also has developed partnerships with key members of the TLD sector, garnering support for this Talent Development Center from Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Valcor Engineering, East Coast Warehouse, Atalanta Corp., and others who expressed recognition of the need for a talent pool in the state of New Jersey from which to recruit as growth continues in New Jersey.

“Companies are now able to partner with the TDC in several ways,” says Lisa Raudelunas Hiscano, Ed.D., MBA, Director of Continuing and Professional Education at Union County College. “We will partner to bring training on-site for incumbent workers at companies who will make the investment in their employees’ and managers’ time in our training classes while on the job.” The TDC grant agreement requires that contribution to the training effort by employers. 

“In addition, companies can come to us at hiring time. We are building a pool of candidates for hire at entry, mid-level and upper level management. This is through our offering of open-enrollment programs on campus available to displaced workers.”

“These Talent Development Centers are connected to strong employer partnerships. So they will be able to not just get them the skills, but connect them to employers that will help them get those jobs,” said Patricia Moran, Executive Director, Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity.

Partnerships include the NJ Community College Consortium for Economic and Workforce Development, New Jersey City University, Middlesex and Camden County Community Colleges, Rowan College at Burlington County, and Smith & Solomon. For information please contact Dr. Lisa Hiscano, at 908-965-2358 or hiscano@ucc.edu, or Nancy Burke, Business Development Manager at 908-527-7207 or burke@ucc.edu.

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