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2019-2020 Online Catalog 
2019-2020 Online Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Workforce Development and Continuing Education


Continuing Education offers a variety of affordable non-credit courses for professional development and personal enrichment. Whether you are looking for a job or interested in exploring a new hobby, Union County College has a program for you. Classes are scheduled in evenings, weekends, or convenient daytime hours and take place in several Union County locations or online.

Continuing Education

The Department provides professional development and personal enrichment opportunities for individuals who live or work in Union County and beyond. Special programs are available in the Department for youth and senior citizens. These include youth programs, the Union County Freeholders’ Senior Scholars, and College for Teens programs.

Committed to the concept of lifelong learning, the Department schedules these non-credit courses in the evenings, on weekends, and during daytime hours convenient for adults. Programs are offered at all four campuses and at various off-site locations. In addition, courses are offered on-line.  Currently, among the Continuing Education Department offerings are non-credit certificate programs in Microsoft Office Professional, Six Sigma, Real Estate Sales, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Child Development Associate (CDA) Program, Human Resource Management, Uniform Construction Code, and Medical Billing and Coding Professional. Industry-recognized certificate programs are also available in Certified Bookkeeper, CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), Personal Trainer National Certification, Patient Care Technician, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified EKG Technician, CompTIA A+ Hardware and Software and Network +, Facility Management Professional, Supply Chain Management, and the American Society of Administrative Professionals – Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence (PACE).

Youth programs are offered on Saturdays during the spring and fall on a variety of topics such as SAT Preparation, reading and math enhancement. In addition, the department offers a wide variety of half day programs during the summer. College for Teens is a career-oriented program that provides career exploration training for teens funded by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Continuing Education operates as a Cisco Networking Academy. We provide extensive preparation for the CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) designation. Also offered is the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) program in conjunction with New Jersey City University. NPTNJ is an alternate route New Jersey teacher certification program. Students are able to obtain New Jersey teacher certification upon completion of the program. For further information, write, email, or call the Continuing Education Department at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016, coned@ucc.edu, (908) 709-7600.

Industry-Business Institute

The Industry-Business Institute (IBI) at Union County College works with employer clients to help build a skilled workforce by providing workplace-specific, customized education and training programs to develop employees.

Programs are designed for maximum effectiveness and to help organizations improve productivity, quality, cost effectiveness, and morale. Professional instructors with expertise in relevant industries deliver the programs. Training is delivered on-site and scheduled at times that will fit office or production schedules.Training is available fee for service to employers and through local and state grant opportunities. IBI provides companies with comprehensive assistance in securing and administering NJ Skills Partnership and other training grants. IBI can provide many types of workforce development programs because of our wide network of industry professionals and instructors. IBI provides customized training programs in topics including, but not limited to:

  • Computer Skills
  • Cultural Diversity and Harassment Prevention Awareness 
  • Management, Team Building, Problem Solving and Supervision Skills
  • Communication and Personal Effectiveness Skills
  • Industrial Maintenance and Manufacturing Skills
  • Workplace Literacy/Basic Skills
  • Quality Practices
  • Safety Procedures
  • Supply Chain Management/Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution
  • Lean Six Sigma 
  • Customer Service
  • Time Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • and more…

For more information, please contact Union County College, Industry-Business Institute, 40 West Jersey Street, 5th Floor, Elizabeth, NJ 07202, (908) 527-7207 or (908) 965-2359.  

Center for Economic and Workforce Development

The Center for Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) provides training and support services to help the unemployed and the underemployed to be better positioned to enter and compete in today’s workforce as well as develop lifelong learning skills.

The Center offers a wide variety of programs and courses to over 4,000 adults each year. The Center model includes standardized assessment, student support services, occupation-related basic skills instruction, occupational training, and job placement services. In keeping Union County College’s commitment to provide access to education for all, CEWD instruction is scheduled during the evenings, weekends and daytime hours so that adults can choose a schedule most convenient for themselves and their lifestyles. The Center for Economic and Workforce Development services are located on both the Elizabeth and Plainfield campuses which are equipped with state-of-the-are computer labs and offer full service operations to all CEWD students.

CEWD offers the following programs:

  • ABLE Plus: This WIOA Title II program offers career pathway ESL, Integrated ESL and Civics Education, Adult Basic Skill development and High School Diploma (HSD) preparation to eligible residents. These educational programs are funded through the State of New Jersey Labor and Workforce Development.
  • To-Work /Community Work Experience Program: This program provides eligible WFNJ participants the opportunity to develop skills that will enable them to find and maintain employment. Participants are placed on a non-profit/community-based organization site to practice and hone their employability skills. This program must be combined with Basic Skills, GED or ESL classes.
  • English-as-a-Second Language: CEWD offers individuals who need to develop their English proficiency to levels where they will be able to meet the requirements for the Institute for Intensive English (IIE). The two beginning levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) support the development of English proficiency skills and move students from the lowest levels of English to levels 3 to 6 of the Institute for Intensive English. These courses are designed to provide levels 1 and 2 English proficient students with 135 hours of intensive instruction that focus on the fundamentals of the English Language with an emphasis on speaking, comprehension, and writing. In conjunction with each classroom lesson, there is an opportunity for students to review and reinforce the concepts presented through the use of ESL software available in the state-of-the-art computer labs. Upon completion of the final course of the Level 2 program, instructor recommendations, post-test scores, and the course final grade will determine if students move from the Center to the IIE Level 3 credit program.
  • Occupational Training: The Center provides occupational training programs that lead to industry credentials in demand occupations such as:
    • Medical Billing Specialist
    • Medical Coding Specialist
    • Computerized Office Skills
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Accounting Technician
    • Patient Care Technician
    • Welding  
    • Essentials of Supply Chain Management

These programs are offered to One Stop Career Center eligible participants (i.e., WIOA, TRA, DVRS and WDP participants) or to individuals who wish to pay. Industry-valued credentials will be earned through these programs.

  • Youth Programs: The Center has been instrumental in the implementation of the Elizabeth New Jersey Youth Corps. This program provides at-risk youth (ages 17 to 24) the opportunity to develop occupational skills and/or Basic Skills toward a High School Diploma as well as the opportunity to develop an interest in and support community projects.

For more information on the Center for Economic and Workforce Development programs call 908-659-5114 or email CEWD-Recruiting with inquires:  CEWD-Recruiting@ucc.edu

In conjunction with an experienced administrative, support staff and qualified instructors, the Center has an active Job Development team who work with local employers to identify qualified candidates and our students in seeking and obtaining employment with these employers. As a Union County One Stop Career Center partner, the Center regularly supports the County’s Social Service Agencies with activities geared to increasing the productivity and employability of the agencies’ participants and Union County residents. Additionally, the College, through the Center for Economic and Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Industry-Business Institute departments, supports the implementation of the Workforce Innovation Business Center initiative through the Union County Workforce Development Board.