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PR # 222 May 11, 2007


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) announces a new collaboration with Global Pharmaceutical Supply Group (GPSG), a unit of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, a Johnson & Johnson company that will enable a select group of students to receive a paid internship at a J&J company while they are pursing a certificate in Automated Manufacturing Technology from the College.

To learn more about the program, prospective students are invited to attend an Open House Monday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. The Open House will be held in The Conference Center (Conference Room A) at the College?s North Branch Campus.

The new pilot program, which will begin in July, will train people to work as packaging associates in the manufacture of pharmaceutical and biologic products while they pursue a Certificate in Automated Manufacturing Technology from RVCC. Qualified students will be employed as paid interns with GPSG, while they pursue a college certificate at RVCC. In order to qualify for the program, students must demonstrate college-readiness skills in English, reading and math.

The program will include ?hands on? experience on one of the many production lines at the GPSG Raritan plant, as well as classroom courses that will provide students with the essential knowledge of the basics of computer skills, manufacturing automation, industry regulatory requirements, industrial math and measures, and problem solving. Participants will be given time off from their regular work week to take classes, and GPSG will cover all costs. Classes will be held at RVCC?s North Branch Campus.

The program involves two phases. First, students will complete a 12-credit apprenticeship program in a six-month period. After that, they will matriculate into the Automated Manufacturing Technology Certificate program and complete an additional 18 credits of classroom instruction in approximately six to eight months.

The pilot program was born out of a collaborative effort between RVCC and GPSG in 2006 to address the need for developing talent in specific technical knowledge and skills required to operate technological and sophisticated manufacturing equipment. GPSG identified core competencies required for associates to achieve high performance levels that will lead to a highly skilled and productive workforce.

For additional information about the new program or the Open House, contact Nancy Jordan, 908-526-1200, ext. 8278 (njordan@raritanval.edu); Alberta Jaeger, 908-526-1200, ext. 8335 (ajaeger@raritanval.edu); or Henry Passarotti, 908-281-6371 (hpassaro@gpsus.jnj.com).

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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