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PR # 39 September 25, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch has received a $300,000 Workforce Investment Regional Economic Development?US Department of Labor (BIO-1 WIRED) grant to assist unemployed, dislocated workers in the area.

Based at Rutgers University, BIO-1 WIRED is a large consortial grant to Central New Jersey for the life sciences.

As part of the pilot program, RVCC will be providing an intensive, 12-week training program (20 hours per week) in Biomanufacturing for area workers who are unemployed or dislocated. The program has been modeled after a highly successful and award-winning workforce development program in California, and the curriculum has been adapted to meet the needs of local industry. It is expected to begin in mid-October.

The free training program, which is open to the public, will be followed by a subsidized, 12-week on-the-job training component in cooperation with ImClone Systems. In addition, participants who complete the program will be eligible for advanced standing credit toward the College?s Certificate and Associate Degree programs in Biotechnology.

Those who complete the program may consider employment as bio-processing technicians, labeling and packaging operators, and instrument and media prep technicians. Positions in manufacturing pharmaceuticals also may be considered. Starting salaries range from $35,000-$45,000 per year.

Those interested in learning more about the program may attend one of the upcoming information sessions, to be held September 30 and October 8, both from 5-7 p.m. in the RVCC Conference Center.

For additional information, call 908-526-1200, ext. 8319 or contact the Greater Raritan One Stop Career Center, 75 Veterans Memorial Drive, Somerville, NJ 08876; 908-252-2277.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates.. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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