Academic journal article ATEA Journal

New Jersey Perspective

Academic journal article ATEA Journal

New Jersey Perspective

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Aaron Fichtner, Ph.D.

Commissioner of New Jersey Workforce Development

Summary of presentation given at the ATEA Summit on Workforce

There are two challenges facing New Jersey and America:

How do we build a skilled workforce to propel economic growth?

How do we build pathways to opportunity for all of our citizens?

New Jersey's program is "Many Paths One Future" which has the goal of moving the adult population from 50% with some postsecondary to 65% by 2025.

New Jersey has more scientist and engineers per mile, one of the highest percentage of college graduates in the country, but still has 50% of adults with no education beyond high school. The goal is to build many paths and more flexible mechanisms to attain a credential to use in the workplace and in education. There needs to be a system of stackable credentials that allows work and education movement. Citizens will go to a community college to earn credentials to get started on a career and throughout careers

8 cornerstones of New Jersey Labor and Workforce programs

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