Workforce Programs Information Sessions Slated

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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Learn more about Raritan Valley Community College’s Cosmetology, Esthetics (skincare), Automotive Technology and Advanced Manufacturing programs by attending an information session in November or December. Information sessions have been scheduled for Wednesdays, November 15 and December 6, from 5-6:30 p.m. All of the sessions will be held in RVCC’s new Workforce Training Center (WTC) at the College’s Branchburg campus.

During the Cosmetology and Esthetics information sessions, prospective students will be able to view and participate in hands-on hair demonstrations, meet the programs’ director, take part in a question-and-answer segment, and apply for either program. RVCC’s Cosmetology and Esthetics programs feature an accomplished teaching staff, innovative teaching methods, and opportunities for job shadowing and salon practicum. The programs offer proactive job placement for graduates and other components critical to student success.

In the past few years, 90 percent of RVCC’s Cosmetology students have found employment in the field and 100 percent have passed their state licensing exam. According to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was projected to grow 13 percent from 2014-2024, while employment for skincare specialists was projected to grow 12 percent.

During the Automotive Technology information sessions, prospective students will have an opportunity to learn about the innovative and successful program, meet with staff and faculty, and explore the exciting career potential in the field of automotive technology. The Auto Tech program offers Subaru and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) manufacturer training. Program graduates will attain additional industry credentials from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS), Snap-On, and other industry partners to allow students to stand out to potential employers.

In designing the Automotive Technology program, RVCC’s education team partnered with local employers and expert workers to detail the knowledge, skills, traits and behaviors essential to becoming a successful Automotive Technician. The program, which has been highly praised by area employers, is now providing the ASE student certification testing. This is the nationally recognized automotive technicians’ credentials for assessment of skills. In the past two years, 90 percent of program graduates have obtained employment in the automotive field. Graduates have worked at manufacturer dealerships, franchise repair shops and privately owned shops.

During the Advanced Manufacturing information session, prospective students will be introduced to the program and learn about its state-of-the-art equipment. The Advanced Manufacturing lab features machines, 3D printing and welding labs that expertly prepare students to meet the regional employment demand for entry-level and advanced skilled machinists. The machine training lab is equipped with Haas CNC machines, including four HAAS control simulators, one turning center, and one milling center. In addition, industry skill demands are met through training on two Bridgeport style mills, two engine lathes, two surface grinders, a vertical and a horizontal band saw, an optical comparator and other basic machinery. Graduates of the 12-month CNC Production Technician program receive their industry recognized NIMS certifications and OSHA10 card.

To register for any of the Workforce information sessions, visit

To learn more about the Cosmetology or Esthetics programs, contact Marcia Bird at 908-526-1200, ext. 8618 or, or visit For information about the Automotive Technology program, contact Jason Jones at 908-526-1200, ext. 8507 or or Elizabeth Coccia at 908-526-1200, 8529 or, or visit To learn more about the College’s Advanced Manufacturing program, contact Conrad Mercurius at or 908-526-1200, ext. 8332, or visit

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC 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



October 31, 2017

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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