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Leaders in Government, Business and Education Face Workforce Training Issues At Gloucester County Workforce Investment Board Summit October 22, 2010

(Sewell, NJ) - The issue of workforce development in schools, colleges and training programs will be tackled by leaders in the areas of government, business and education during a workforce summit Friday, October 22, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology, 1360 Tanyard Road. The event, sponsored by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Gloucester County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), is free to the public.

"By pooling the knowledge of our employers, educators and government leaders we can have an open dialogue on what skills our businesses require from the workforce and what input our educators need to train future employees," said Stephen M. Sweeney. "We have the best of the best here in Gloucester County and when the private and public sectors come together to map out strategies then our residents get the right training and get the good paying jobs here," Sweeney said.

"We want all the parties to come together and take the steps needed to maintain a strong workforce in Gloucester County," said Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr., liaison to the Department of Economic Development and Education. "Our business and industry sector have a big impact on the direction of training and education that is provided," stated Brigandi.

"This is an opportunity for business owners and managers to tell educators and government leaders the skills their employees need to survive and thrive at their companies," said Hosea Johnson, Workforce Investment Board Chair. "It's an opportunity for educators to learn the direction their students need to succeed. It's an opportunity for legislators to learn workforce training needs that will enable them to write and support legislation that will help strengthen our workforce."

The summit will open with comments from Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Gloucester County Freeholder Liaison Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr., US Rep. Rob Andrews, 1st District, and WIB Chairman Hosea Johnson. Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary with the US Department of Labor, will provide comments via videotape from her office in Washington DC, followed by a presentation of workforce issues facing Gloucester County and the nation by Dr. Charles M. Ivory, Executive Director of the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) of Washington Township. Dr. Ivory also serves as Chair of the WIB's Youth Council Committee.

The panel, moderated by Richard Bellamente, retired Director of Community Relations for Underwood Memorial Hospital, will include NJ Senator Fred Madden, 4th District; Acting President of the NJ Chamber of Commerce President Dana Egreczky, who also serves as Vice-President of Workforce Development for the Chamber; Sally Nadler, College Relations Manager of PSEG; Mary Ellen Clark, Assistant Commissioner of Workforce Development for the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Dr. Mark Stanwood, former Gloucester County Superintendent of Schools and current Director of Professional Development - College of Graduate and Continuing Education at Rowan University, Jim DeFillipo, VP of Advertising for Gloucester County Times, and Eileen Cardile, President and Chief Executive Officer of Underwood Memorial Hospital.

"The United States is falling behind in the global marketplace when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers," Dr. Ivory said. "Developing a workforce to compete, not just on the local level, but against global players, will require a collaborative effort from government, educators and community leaders."

The challenges related to education and training of skilled workers will be discussed and debated. When, how and what to teach future workers will be the focus of this forum, which will face issues that have grown to be a concern nationwide.

To register for this event, call 856-384-6963 or visit www.wibnj.com