Solutions at Work: An Overview of the Heldrich Center's Mission and Current Projects

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Solutions at Work: An Overview of the Heldrich Center's Mission and Current Projects

  1. 1. Solutions at Work:An Overview of the Heldrich Center’sMission and Current ProjectsCarl E. Van Horn, Ph.D., DirectorKathy Krepcio, Executive DirectorJohn J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
  2. 2. Workforce Diversity and InclusionJohn J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 2Mission and History The Heldrich Center is a research and policy institutededicated to raising the effectiveness of the Americanworkplace by strengthening workforce education andtraining programs Founded in 1997, the center employs 18 full-timeprofessional staff and faculty representing an array ofdisciplines, from economics and labor relations tobusiness administration and public policy
  3. 3. Workforce Diversity and InclusionJohn J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 3What the Center Offers Evaluations of workforce and education programs Research on promising workforce practices Promotion of workforce and economic development Workforce partnerships and solutions
  4. 4. Workforce Diversity and InclusionJohn J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 4Accomplishments Conducted over 200 research projects and evaluations Documented workforce best practices in over 180publications Hosted over 60 major events Conducted and published 17 nationwide surveys Generated national and international media coverage
  5. 5. Workforce Diversity and InclusionJohn J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 5Workforce Challenges Improving productivity by closing the skills andeducation gap Ensuring economic opportunity by connecting peopleto work Building workforce and economic developmentpartnerships Strengthening workforce and education programs andbuilding capacity
  6. 6. Edwar d J. Bl oust ei nSchool of Pl anni ng andPubl i c Pol i cySol ut i ons at Wor k: An Over vi ew of t heHel dr i ch Cent er6Resear ch and Eval uat i on Assesses the effectiveness of workforce and educationprograms, underscoring best practices in education,training, and economic development, while alsoidentifying emerging challenges that employers andpolicymakers must address. Selected projects include:– A profile of career and technical education programs in NewJersey high schools;– Evaluation of New Jersey’s Customized Training program,which provides funds to private companies to assist them intraining their employees; and– Examination of efforts of 10 states to deploy communitycolleges in support of economic development efforts.
  7. 7. Edwar d J. Bl oust ei nSchool of Pl anni ng andPubl i c Pol i cySol ut i ons at Wor k: An Over vi ew of t heHel dr i ch Cent er7I nf or mat i on and Wor kf or ce Sol ut i ons This group leverages the centers research on laborissues and its insight into workforce programs todevelop information technology products designed toempower job seekers and assist workforce programoperators. The center also analyzes industryworkforce needs and how to span gaps between laborsupply and demand. Selected projects include:– The development and maintenance of a New Jersey trainingprogram consumer report card (www.njtrainingsources.org),which describes training program features and facilitatessearches and comparisons of programs based on thepreferences of job seekers; and– The creation of a career guidance website for New Jersey’shigh schools (www.njnextstop.org)
  8. 8. Edwar d J. Bl oust ei nSchool of Pl anni ng andPubl i c Pol i cySol ut i ons at Wor k: An Over vi ew of t heHel dr i ch Cent er8Publ i c I nf or mat i on Distributes and publicizes research findings to educatebusiness and union leaders, policymakers, communitymembers, as well as media and the academiccommunities, on critical workforce and educationissues that relate to the emerging global, knowledge-driven economy. Selected projects include:– WorkTrends surveys of American workers; and– Heldrich Center website (www.heldrich.rutgers.edu) and e-newsletter.
  9. 9. Edwar d J. Bl oust ei nSchool of Pl anni ng andPubl i c Pol i cySol ut i ons at Wor k: An Over vi ew of t heHel dr i ch Cent er9Techni cal Assi st ance and Capaci t y-Bui l di ng This group assists frontline staff and managers inpublic workforce agencies and community-basedorganizations. Selected projects include:– Designing and managing the September 11th Fund’sEmployment Assistance Program, which provided employmentassistance to more than 11,000 workers displaced by theSeptember 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City; and– Developing a Workforce Information Plan for the City of NewYork.
  10. 10. Edwar d J. Bl oust ei nSchool of Pl anni ng andPubl i c Pol i cySol ut i ons at Wor k: An Over vi ew of t heHel dr i ch Cent er9Techni cal Assi st ance and Capaci t y-Bui l di ng This group assists frontline staff and managers inpublic workforce agencies and community-basedorganizations. Selected projects include:– Designing and managing the September 11th Fund’sEmployment Assistance Program, which provided employmentassistance to more than 11,000 workers displaced by theSeptember 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City; and– Developing a Workforce Information Plan for the City of NewYork.

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