New Jersey’s Community Colleges Partner with GSETA to Strengthen State Workforce and Economy

Karla Roth-Bardinas

Think Media Communications or 732-996-9789

June 23, 2022, Trenton, NJ – Today, New Jersey’s Community Colleges and the Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) announced their partnership to strengthen New Jersey’s workforce and economy.

GSETA is taking a key role in the New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities Initiative, led by New Jersey’s Community Colleges and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. GSETA’s Workforce Development Board Directors are speaking at the June Industry Collaborate meetings which began June 8, 2022, for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.

At each of the four Industry Collaborative meeting, we bring together industry and education partners from across the state and sectors to share labor market intelligence, as well as discuss other key topics regarding workforce development and education issues. The Pathways Initiative is creating a connected education ecosystem to industry and has over 1,000 industry and education partners since its kick-off in December 2021.

The Pathways Initiative, having the mission to align education to build an innovative workforce, is comprised of four Industry Collaboratives which are statewide inclusive groups of industry leaders and educational partners across the state focused on the four key industries of the state’s economy; (1) Health Services, (2) Infrastructure and Energy, (3) Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, and (4) Technology and Innovation. The Pathways Initiative will expand economic mobility for students and adult learners and drive economic growth for state’s employers.


Remaining Virtual June Collaborative Meeting:

June 29, 2022 (10:00 am – 11: 00 am) – Infrastructure & Energy

“Our shared vision for an improved workforce and education ecosystem is the foundation for this collaboration. This formal partnership between New Jersey’s Community Colleges and GSETA helps prepare all New Jerseyans for family-sustaining careers by providing education and training that aligns with the needs of business to strengthen our state workforce and economy,” said Aaron Fichtner, PhD, President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC).

Fichtner added, “As a result of the pandemic, the skills gap has widened, leaving our education, industry, and workforce partners searching for ways to better prepare our workers for the needs of business. As we respond to these challenges during this critical moment, a partnership with GSETA will help us create a more resilient economy by leveraging every opportunity across statewide education and workforce systems to better align efforts and maximize resources.”

“GSETA’s mission is to ensure that New Jersey’s workforce development system is demand-driven and responsive to the needs of employers, their employees, and job seekers through skills training, career pathways, and other employment supports. This partnership with New Jersey’s Community Colleges will help us achieve our goals,” stated GSETA President Kevin Kurdziel.

About the New Jersey Council of County Colleges  

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) was created in 1989 to support and promote New Jersey’s 18 Community Colleges that now enroll more than 300,000 people each year in credit, non-credit, and workforce development courses at more than 70 campuses throughout the state. More than 200,000 students – over half of all undergraduate students in public colleges and universities in the state – are enrolled at New Jersey’s Community Colleges. The Community Colleges also enroll nearly 100,000 students in non-credit programs and partner with thousands of businesses to meet their training and workforce needs.

The primary goal of New Jersey’s 18 Community Colleges is to meet the ever-changing educational needs of our great state’s residents. Today, through more than 1,700 degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit courses and customized workforce training programs, New Jersey Community Colleges are helping more students than ever. Further, equity and access priorities are advanced every day with over half of the total undergraduate enrollment in New Jersey Community Colleges coming from minority and traditionally underrepresented populations.

To learn more about NJCCC and New Jersey’s Community Colleges, go to Follow us @NJCommColleges on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube to learn more about our latest programs and initiatives.

The Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) 

The Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) is the statewide organization that supports the needs of the state’s workforce development system and Workforce Development Boards (WDBs). The state’s workforce development system and 17 Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) oversee workforce development programs across the state that provide training and employment placement to the unemployed and underemployed. In doing so, GSETA assists all the state’s employers gain access to a well-skilled and innovative workforce.

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About NJCCC:

New Jersey’s 18 agile and innovative Community Colleges are prepared to lead in the response to and recovery from this public health and economic crisis and to secure a brighter future for all New Jerseyans. The New Jersey Council of County Colleges provides statewide leadership for the advancement of New Jersey Community Colleges, performs coordinating responsibilities as required by law, and coordinates statewide efforts to build a skilled workforce and improve student success. We encourage you to visit our website at