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ACCC Provides Free Workforce Training for Local Businesses

November 9, 2007

As a participating partner of the Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program, Atlantic Cape Community College offers free basic skills training to employees of Atlantic and Cape May County businesses, thanks to a $1.88 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Recently, the Labor Department partnered with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development to provide basic skills training for employees of any private-sector employer in New Jersey.

Employees can receive basic skills training in English as a second language, written and verbal communications, computer applications (Windows, Microsoft Office), and mathematics and measurement from ACCC at no charge. However, employees who participate must be paid at their usual hourly rate during the training sessions.

"The program is an important component of Gov. Jon Corzine's economic growth strategy, which, among other priorities, seeks to extend the state's workforce training resources to smaller companies, giving them a competitive edge in a global economy. Small businesses in New Jersey are benefiting from the program, and the community college sector is proud to be part of that educational and economic uplift," said Dr. Peter L. Mora, ACCC president and chairman of the Consortium.

"The Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program will help New Jersey's employers upgrade their employees' basic skills, thus helping to improve productivity and the bottom line," said Labor Department Commissioner David Socolow.

This new training project has reduced the paperwork and enrollment restrictions. ACCC will organize classes for employees at its campus or at a business location, whichever is most convenient to meet the employees' training needs.

 "The Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program is useful to companies in a variety of situations: a manufacturer that employs non-English-speaking workers, a retailer with employees who need to improve their mathematics skills, a company that needs its employees to develop their communications skills with customers, or a small health care provider that is trying to upgrade its employees' computer skills," said Philip Kirschner, NJBIA president. "Classes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this service quickly."

The NJBIA is the nation's largest statewide employer association. It has more than 23,000 member companies in all industries and in every region of the state and is widely regarded as the most credible and effective advocate for business in New Jersey. Visit for more information.

ACCC will offer several basic skills training sessions this fall, including:

§         Microsoft Word 2003, Nov. 26; Microsoft Excel 2003, Nov. 27; and Microsoft Word and Excel 2003, Nov. 28. All sessions are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Institute for Service Excellence at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.

§         Microsoft Word 2003, Dec. 4; Microsoft Excel 2003, Dec. 5; and Microsoft Word and Excel 2003, Dec. 6. All sessions are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at ACCC's Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Businesses in Atlantic and Cape May counties can get more information or sign their businesses and employees up for training by calling Sherwood L. Taylor, director of the Institute for Service Excellence at ACCC, at (609) 343-5689.