County Welcomes New Career and Education Center
(Woodbury, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Legislators from the Third District Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assemblyman John Burzichelli and Adam Taliaferro today officially welcomed the Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center to 55 Delaware Avenue in Woodbury.
Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center purchased the building from Gloucester County in September to utilize as a training facility for county residents enrolled in their programs for reentry into the workplace.
NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney said, "What Mid-Atlantic States Career Center does with their clients is incredible. Their placement numbers are outstanding and more than just providing training and education, they provide hope. A job is more than a paycheck, it is dignity and being able to provide for oneself and ones family."
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “Mid-Atlantic States Career Center has been working in our community for a long time in rented space above the Paulsboro Boys & Girls Club. We are extremely pleased to welcome them to Woodbury and we know they will be able to serve our residents with job readiness and training.”
Freeholder Heather Simmons, liaison to the Department of Economic Development said, “This organization works very closely with the county's Workforce Development Board and they will be training, educating and placing those who utilize our programs at the American Job Center in Thorofare.”
Simmons said, “Great things are going to happen in this building as we work together to provide those entering the workforce experience and help place them in permanent jobs as they have already placed more than 500 of our residents in permanent jobs.”
Mid-Atlantic States and Career Education Center offers several certification programs that meet demand jobs in the region including their Forklift Training program, ServSafe program that trains managers and employees of food establishments of the most effective food safety practices, and Microsoft Office Software training.
Assemblyman John Burzichelli said, “Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center is a shining star in the business of training and educating our residents. They are deeply committed to our residents and run outstanding programs.”
H. Glen Donelson, President/CEO, Mid Atlantic States Career and Education Center, said, “We are going from 800 square feet of training and education space to 5,800 square feet of our very own space. Our mission is to Grow People. Our organization focuses on building effective community partnerships, improving the health and well being of the individuals and families we serve, provide career and job skill development for disadvantaged and disabled workers, and create a sustainable, stable community. We are so excited to begin this journey in our new building.”
Freeholder Jim Jefferson said, “The most recent labor market update from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows that stock and material movers, secretaries and administrative assistants and supervisors of food preparation workers are in the top 25 types of jobs in demand. When we train people to reenter to the workforce or move them from TANF roles to having a good paying job, that is a win for everyone.” Freeholder Jim Jefferson is the Liaison to the Department of Social Services.
Assemblyman Adam J. Taliaferro said, “Today we welcome a great partner to their new home in the City of Woodbury. This location offers them proximately to public transportation, childcare and a downtown. I am sure, knowing these folks as I do, that Mid-Atlantic Career and Education Center will grow and flourish here and so will their clients.”