Workforce Training Director Named to National Board

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Joanie Coffaro at her desk

Joananne Coffaro of Flemington, Director of Raritan Valley Community College’s Workforce Training Center, has been elected to serve on the National Council for Workforce Education's (NCWE) Board of Directors. The National Council for Workforce Education is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. Coffaro joins five other new members elected to the board and will serve a one-year term.

"The NCWE Board of Directors provides support and research to all workforce educators, helping them navigate a complex system. Workforce development and education are at the forefront of community colleges, and I look forward to building relationships and sharing what we have learned here in New Jersey with workforce educators from all over the country,” said Coffaro.

RVCC’s Workforce Training Center consists of career and technical training, corporate training, professional development and the Small Business Development Center. In January 2019, Coffaro led the charge for RVCC to be the first community college in New Jersey to be a U.S Registered Apprenticeship site for manufacturing. She also works with local corporations to provide training to advance the skills of their employees.

Coffaro has been involved with the College’s WTC for seven years. Prior to RVCC, Coffaro worked in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries in sales and marketing. She began her career at Prudential Insurance Co of America in marketing and advertising, overseeing media buying for all divisions of the company. After Prudential, Coffaro joined Sanofi-Aventis as a Specialty Sales Representatives selling pharmaceutical drugs in the Cardiovascular, Osteoporosis, Allergy, and Insomnia divisions.

Coffaro’s community affiliations include memberships on the Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce Board and the Flemington Food Pantry Board. A graduate of Rutgers University, she is currently pursuing her MBA at Rutgers.

Established in 1975 and incorporated as a 501c3 in 1995, The National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. Committed to promoting excellence and growth in workforce education, NCWE provides a national forum for administrators and faculty in workforce education, training, and basic skills, as well as representatives of business, labor, the military, and government, to affect and direct the future role of two-year and other post-secondary institutions in workforce education, training, and economic development.

As a membership organization, NCWE is committed to the professional development of our over 600 members. Our tagline encapsulates who we are as an organization and our commitment to workforce education and development: Premier organization, leading and engaging professionals, transforming the future!

More information about The National Council for Workforce Education is available at:

Ranked by,, and 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 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; 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, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



August 27, 2019

Media contacts: (RVCC) Donna Stolzer,, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

(NCWE) Darlene G. Miller, Ed.D.,, 603-714-1918

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