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Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board



Earl Axelson , Chairperson
Rhonda Lowery, Executive Director

Atlantic County Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board maintains partnerships between the public and private sector to develop policies and evaluate the readiness, at the county level to deliver a workforce prepared for employment in today's evolving economy.

Grant Awards

The Atlantic Cape May WDB is partnership with Experience Works, the New Jersey State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the National Council on Aging have been awarded a $40,000 Community Employment Grant from the Kessler Foundation. The grant will be utilized to prepare mature workers (50+) with disabilities interested in re-entering the workforce through a blended on-the-job training (OJT) and employer incentive program.

Atlantic Cape May WDB awarded $30,000 from the State Employment and Training Commission to deliver a comprehensive youth symposium program in Atlantic and Cape May counties for at-risk high school freshman and sophomores. From this symposium, youth will be able to link local labor market information to education and career development, identify key industry employment opportunities, recognize requisite skills specific to an industry or occupation and recognize and apply work readiness, critical thinking, problem solving and career planning strategies to advance their high school education leading to post secondary enrollment, job training and employment. In addition, this program will provide a professional development webinar series for secondary school educators and student personnel services staff in Atlantic and Cape May counties. The Atlantic County symposium is tentatively scheduled for October 7th and the Cape May County symposium for October 21, 2014. Stay tuned for details.

Awarded $386,000 grant from the New Jersey State Department of Labor and Workforce Development to operate a New Jersey Youth Corps program to serve at-risk youth ages 16 to 25, who have dropped out of high school without earning a high school diploma. The primary elements of this program consist of community service learning projects and academic instruction.

Awarded a $32,000 grant from the New Jersey State Department of Transportation to operate an Urban Gateway Enhancement Project. The project will include landscaping and streetscaping to the municipality of Pleasantville. At-risk, out of school youth will work on this project will develop employability and social skills through participation in meaningful community service projects.  Additionally participation in this project will increase their self confidence through being a part of something larger then themselves, build and strengthen relationships with friends, parents/guardians and secure employment to support themselves and/or their families. We know that employment and education lead to self sufficiency, free thinking and better self esteem, which lend to safer, cleaner and better educated communities. While Pleasantville renews its efforts to encourage economic development, improve education and advocate for healthy living, the project aspires to transform their local community one gateway at a time.

Secured $1.2 million dollars from the United States Economic Development Administration, matched by Atlantic County Government for $1.8 million to renovate a building on the Atlantic City campus of Atlantic Cape Community College  to open a 9,000 square foot Health Professions Institute that focuses on entry level and incumbent worker training in allied health careers.

Received a three year, $488,000 grant from The New Jersey Health Initiatives of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to design a model program to address the nursing shortage in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Awarded a $200,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, $100,000 from the Casino Redevelopment Authority and $150,000 from Scorpio Construction to build a 4,000 square foot Institute for Service Excellence that focuses on entry to mid level and incumbent worker training in the service industries of hospitality/tourism and retail.