Rethinking the workforce of the future: Jobs NJ is intended to ensure training meets current needs

For Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis, the Jobs NJ program introduced by Gov. Phil Murphy last week comes down to a simple sentence that can be so telling:

“No one goes to college thinking that they are not going to finish,” she told ROI-NJ. “But, too many of our students do not finish. We’ve got to do whatever we can to ensure that once they start, they finish. That will have a huge impact on workforce development and our economy.”

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Smith Ellis was speaking after Murphy announced the program. It’s one Murphy said is designed to make sure employers find potential employees with the skills they need — and to make sure students get those skills.



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