New Community Workforce Development hosted a holiday luncheon to honor its students and to acknowledge the hard work of its staff.
Hosted at the headquarters of NCC at St. Joseph Plaza, the occasion brought together more than 100 students from the vocational training programs offered at Workforce—ranging from Academic Enrichment for Older Youth to Allied Health and ShopRite Partners-In-Training—and illustrated the magnitude of New Community’s job training programs across various sectors.
Richard Rohrman, CEO of New Community, commended the Workforce students on the progress they had made thus far. “Your commitment to attending class each day and gaining job skills is the best way to invest in your future,” he said.
The luncheon featured several speakers in addition to Rohrman, including Board Member Madge Wilson, employer partners and others. Students from the Culinary Arts Specialist Program, overseen by Instructor Jonathan Butler and Assistant Instructor Samuel Gaddy, catered the luncheon, which featured fried chicken, meatballs, rice, salad, green beans, collard greens, fruit punch and cake.
Mizani Drummond said she is proud to be working at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Since graduating from the Allied Health Program, she was hired at the hospital as a home health aide earning $11.31 an hour. However, she also plans to return to NCC to take the courses for EKG and phlebotomy technician. “I’m happy to be working,” Drummond, 20, said, but added, “It motivates me to want to go back to school and do more.”