Meeting the local workforce demands and ensuring the education and training students obtain match these demands were driving forces behind the creation of a new seminar, “Job Skills for Growth Industries in Burlington County,” presented by Burlington County College (BCC) in collaboration with the Burlington County Bridge Commission Department of Economic Development and Regional Planning and Burlington County Library System.
Educators, superintendents, guidance counselors, college administrators, workforce development professionals, and incubator directors are invited to attend the free seminar, sponsored in part by a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation, on Monday, Feb. 11.
The seminar will feature representatives from financial services, health care, technology, and transportation, logistics and distribution industries, which are some of New Jersey’s key industries experiencing growth according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Bureau of Labor Market Information. A panel discussion, moderated by Mark A. Remsa, PP, LLA, Director of the Burlington County Bridge Commission Department of Economic Development and Regional Planning, will strive to identify and define the skills that entry-level employees should have in order to successfully secure employment in these industries.
The relationship between addressing human capital needs and supporting continuous growth will also be discussed. Participants will also learn about the resources available to small business owners and entrepreneurs, including virtual incubation, and how it can support business development.
“To make the connection between education and the needs of our growing industries is of the utmost importance to the College,” said BCC President, David Hespe. “We are committed to decreasing the unemployment rate and increasing the professional success of our County residents. As we prepare our students for the future, it is imperative we equip them with the skills employers need.”
The following representatives will serve as panelists: Dolores Calicchio, SPHR, Chief People Officer – Human Resources for BAYADA Home Health Care; Debbie Deissroth, MBA, SPHR, Vice President & Regional HR Manager for Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.; Michael Ciliberti, Director of Operations for Ancero, LLC; Trisha Tayan, Vice President of Human Resources for NFI Industries; Glenn Manko, Director of Talent Acquisition for NFI Industries; Tony Mahon, President of AJM Insurance Management; Jennifer Worth, Program Manager, Workforce and Economic Development for the AACC; and Frank Keith, Director, Emeritus for the Incubators at BCC.
The seminar will be held in the Enterprise Center at BCC, 3331 Route 38, on BCC’s Mount Laurel campus, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by a continental breakfast. A networking lunch will conclude the day’s program. This is a free event. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.bcc.edu/workforce.
—Submitted by Burlington County College