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PR #48 September 28, 2007


As a participating partner of the Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch is offering basic skills training to Somerset and Hunterdon County businesses and their employees at no charge, thanks to a $1.88 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Recently, the Labor Department partnered with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development to provide basic skills training for businesses throughout the state that are members of NJBIA or any New Jersey-based chamber of commerce.

Businesses can get basic skills training in English as a Second Language, communications skills, computer skills and mathematics skills from RVCC at no charge. However, employees who participate must be paid at their usual hourly rate during the training sessions.

?The Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program will help New Jersey?s employers upgrade their employees? basic skills, thus helping to improve productivity and the bottom line,? said Labor Department Commissioner David Socolow.

?As part of the training program, RVCC will organize classes for employees either at our campus or at a business? location, whichever is most convenient to meet the employees? training needs,? said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

?The Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program is useful to companies in a variety of situations: a manufacturer that employs non-English-speaking workers, a retailer with employees that need to improve their mathematics and measurement skills, a company that needs its employees to develop their communications skills with customers, or a small health care provider that is trying to upgrade its employees? use of computers,? said Philip Kirschner, NJBIA president.

?Classes are available on a first-come basis, so businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this service quickly,? Kirschner added.

Businesses in Somerset and Hunterdon County interested in receiving training for their employees should contact Julia West Johnson, 908-526-1200, ext. 8319.

The NJBIA is the nation's largest statewide employer association. It has more than 23,000 member companies in all industries and in every region of the State and is widely regarded as the most credible and effective advocate for business in New Jersey.

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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