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  • July 17, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – Today, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) introduced the inaugural class of a new program designed to improve local workforce development efforts and create innovative solutions to the challenges faced by workers and businesses.

    The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy (HCWLA) is the first in Hudson County, and one of four to be launched this year through the support of JPMorgan Chase, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This Academy is the latest in a series of Workforce Leadership Academies hosted in communities across the United States and Canada. It is the first in the nation to be held in partnership with a local community college, and the first public- and private-funded Workforce Leadership Academy. Local funders include the County of Hudson, LeFrak family and Mack-Cali.

    A 12-month fellowship developed through a partnership with the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, the Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy is designed to strengthen the local network of workforce leaders through a series of retreats and workshops that will acquaint the participating Fellows with new tools and strategies.

    The 19 Fellows of the Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy Class of 2019-20 represent a range of nonprofit organizations, business associations, institutes of higher education, training efforts, and public agencies. The HCWLA launched in late June and will culminate with a capstone project presentation event in March 2020. 

    Fellows in the HCWLA Inaugural Class are:

    •   Vid Bahadur, Director of Workforce and Community Development, New Jersey City University;
    •   Jason Bing, Chief Academic Officer, Jersey City Public Schools;
    •   Susanne Byrne, Executive Director, York Street Project;
    •   Elaine Dawson, Director, Family Support Services/Youth & Education Development, Urban League of Hudson County;
    •   Heather DeVries, Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Academic Assessment, Hudson County Community College;
    •   Jamie Ding, Grant Research and Data Analyst, City of Jersey City Division of Community Development;
    •   Esmeralda Doreste-Roman, Director of Union City Adult Learning Center, Union City Adult Education;
    •   Kerri Gatling, Chief, New Jersey Industry Partnerships, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development;
    •   Anna Lukasiak, Business Development Director, Morrison Technologies LLC;
    •   Tom Masnaghetti, Chief Operating Officer/EVP, Hudson Community Enterprises;
    •   Victoria Marino, Director of Career Services, Hudson County Community College;
    •   Catherina Mirasol, Director, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Hudson County Community College;
    •   Samantha Moore, Administrator, Office of Children and Youth Services, Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services;
    •   Linda Nation, Manager of Workforce Development Training Center, WomenRising, Inc.;
    •   Michael Rasmussen, Program Director, NPower;
    •   Jamie Rudolph, Director of Grants and Innovation Projects, Rising Tide Capital, Inc.;
    •   Timothy Sheridan, Assistant Director, Hudson County One Stop Career Center;
    •   Carlton Smalls, Director, RWJBarnabas Health; and
    •   Vivian Teran, Executive Assistant, Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

    “Hudson County Community College is proud to sponsor the Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “The Workforce Leadership Academies have a record of successfully advancing greater economic opportunities by developing leaders who work collaboratively to build effective workforce systems. This innovative Academy will significantly benefit the people, businesses, and industries in Hudson County.”

    According to Sheila McGuire, “Collaboration grows at the speed of trust, and today’s workforce development leaders are increasingly being asked to create solutions through collaboration. This Academy is a rare opportunity for these local leaders to step back with colleagues from Hudson County, reflect on their own organizational challenges, hear from leading practitioners from around the country, and develop the network and trust so essential for success.” Ms. Maguire is a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and director of the local network of Workforce Leadership Academies.

    The HCWLA is led by Sheila Maguire and an Advisory Board that includes Hugh Bailey, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Vivian Brady-Phillips, Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority; Jeremy Farrell, Senior Director at LeFrak; Aaron Fichtner, President, New Jersey Council of County Colleges; Lori Margolin, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at HCCC; Abby Marquand, Workforce Program Officer and Vice President of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Roseann Mazzeo, S.C., Executive Director of WomenRising; and Michelle Richardson, Executive Director of the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation. 

    Biographical information on the HCWLA Fellows is available at www.aspeninstitute.org/team/hudson-county-workforce-leadership-academy-class-of-2019-2020/.



    April 18, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) announced today that it will be sponsoring a Workforce Leadership Academy, a program designed to develop a local network of workforce development leaders to collaborate on solutions to common challenges. The Academy will be run in partnership with The Aspen Institute and was approved by the HCCC Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Tuesday evening, April 16.

    The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy is the latest in a series of Aspen Institute-sponsored Academies in the United States and Canada, and the first to offered in partnership with a community college. The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy is one of four to be launched this year through the support of JPMorgan Chase, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Hudson County Community College has received additional funding from the County of Hudson, the LeFrak family, and Mack-Cali.

    Academy Fellows will be selected in a competitive application process. The College and its partners encourage senior-level managers from non-profit organizations, business associations, union-based training efforts, public agencies, and community colleges, who have the authority to implement changes, to apply. Applications are available online here. The submission deadline has been extended to May 30th, 2019. Interested applicants can learn more about the Academy on an informational webinar to be held Friday, May 3 at 11 a.m. ET. Registration can be found here.

    “Hudson County Community College is proud to sponsor the Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy in partnership with The Aspen Institute,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “The Workforce Leadership Academies have a proven record of successfully advancing greater economic opportunities and developing networks of leaders and talent. We are sure the Academy will significantly benefit the people, businesses, and industries in Hudson County.”

    The Academy will create and support a peer-learning community of workforce leaders with a one-year educational and networking experience to help them manage challenges in addressing changes in technology, business norms, and policy. These senior-level workforce Fellows will work with leading practitioners from throughout the United States, learn about practical planning tools, and collaborate to reflect on and develop effective strategies to strengthen the local workforce system. Alumni of the Academies become part of the Aspen Institute Economic Fellows Network.

    “We look forward to working with Hudson County leaders and observing what they can accomplish over the next year as they work and learn together,” said Sheila Maguire, Senior Fellow at The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and director of the local network of Workforce Leadership Academies. “The Academies are a rare opportunity for reflection for these local leaders and will help to build a long-lasting network that can bring more people into quality jobs in the Hudson County community.”

    The HCWLA will be led by Sheila Maguire and an Advisory Board that includes: Hugh Bailey, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Vivian Brady-Phillips, Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority; Jeremy Farrell, Senior Director at LeFrak; Aaron Fichtner, President, New Jersey Council of County Colleges; Lori Margolin, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at HCCC; Abby Marquand, Workforce Program Officer and Vice President of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Roseann Mazzeo, S.C., Executive Director of WomenRising; and Michelle Richardson, Executive Director of the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation.

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