New Community Workforce Development Center started off 2016 with a financial boost in the form of a grant awarded by the state to the Ford Automotive Training and Employment Program. The approximately $270,000 grant, which was awarded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development on January 12, will provide funding for automotive students to receive training in all areas related to vehicle maintenance and repair.
The Opportunity Partnership grant awarded to Workforce is aimed at “encouraging economic growth in New Jersey by investing in training partnerships designed to increase employment within the state,” state Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold Wirths wrote in the letter.
“New Community Ford Automotive Training and Employment Program is pleased to partner with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to put local residents to work in the automotive industry,” Rodney Brutton, director of NCC Workforce Development, said.
“The strength of our program lies with our employer partners. Ford area dealerships, Kia, Mazda, Jeep/Dodge/Chrysler, Toyota, Hyundai (Sansone Automall), BMW-Step Program and a host of local employers have agreed to provide employment opportunities for program graduates. We are looking forward to another successful year.”