RVCC Receives Grant to Offer Free Adult Literacy and English Language Education Program

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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Raritan Valley Community College has received a $122,000 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA 2014) federal grant to assist local adults in gaining the necessary literacy and English skills to participate in workforce training programs and employment.

Coordinated by RVCC’s Workforce Training Center, the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Program will provide free adult literacy and English language education for non-English speakers. Classes will focus on such skills as listening, speaking and writing. The program is scheduled to begin in fall 2021, with both online and in-person options held at the College’s Branchburg campus.

The goal of the program is to have non-English speaking adults obtain the skills necessary to receive training in in-demand, entry-level occupations, including food preparation and food serving-related fields, and prepare them for a sustainable career with industry-valued credentials.

A majority of the entry-level jobs in these occupations are staffed by employees who have either a certificate in ServSafe® Food Handler or an OSHA 10 card. The ServSafe® program, developed by the National Restaurant Association with the help of foodservice industry experts, prepares individuals to safely work in the hospitality and retail industry. The OSHA 10 certificate-training program provides 10 hours of training in the areas of appreciation, prevention, avoidance, and reduction of health hazards and safety in the workplace. Upon successful completion, adults in the program will choose to receive either a ServSafe® Food Handler or OSHA 10 certification.

For additional information about the free training for adults, including class dates and registration, text or call Aubrey Flanagan at 908-300-6283, or email aubrey.flanagan@raritanval.edu.

Ranked by WalletHub.com, Intelligent.com and Niche.com as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute, and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.



July 21, 2021

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