H-1B Ready to Work grantee New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCC) has had a lot of success with its Manufacturing Training Initiative. Recently, NJ Labor Department Chief of Staff Gary Halsenbalg praised the program after he met graduates of a Certified Production Technician (CPT) class at Rowan College of Gloucester County, 17 of whom were hired on at Kellogg’s Frozen Foods plant in Blue Anchor, NJ.
Kellogg’s Frozen Foods Fills 17 Positions through Ready to Work NJ’s Manufacturing Training Program
NJ Labor Department Chief of Staff Gary Hasenbalg was not speechless — but he was amazed.
“We have a 100 percent success rate here today,” Hasenbalg told 18 recent graduates of a Certified Production Technician (CPT) class at Rowan College of Gloucester County. “What I’ve never witnessed before is a place where every graduate will walk through those doors knowing they are going to work the next day.”
Seventeen of those graduates filled open positions at Kellogg’s Frozen Foods plant in Blue Anchor, NJ, which has recently expanded. It’s one of only a few Kellogg’s plants that make the company’s famed Eggo frozen waffles, which control about three-quarters of the nation’s frozen waffle market.
The graduation also marked the latest success of New Jersey’s Manufacturing Training Initiative, which is managed by the NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, with training provided by its 19 community college members.
The Manufacturing Initiative initially was funded by the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Most of the funding now comes from a federal Ready to Work grant obtained by the Consortium. Ready to Work NJ seeks to train and match the long-term unemployed with companies who need their skills.
Clearly, Kellogg’s Blue Anchor plant needed the skills of the 17 Rowan graduates. In fact, the company is already anxious to hire more individuals through the Consortium’s training programs. “They love it! So much so in fact that they want to run another CPT class soon, and they also want to do a PLC class,” said Ready to Work NJ coordinator Daniel Lim, who worked with Kellogg’s on the training project.
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