BY NICOLE DARRAH
Social Media Editor
For the past six years, County College of Morris has offered free Basic Skills Training classes to over 3,500 employees in Morris County.
CCM’s Basic Skills Training classes are offered to all those who are registered by their employers and can be enrolled in as many classes as the employers deem necessary. The classes, which run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., range from computer skills to public speaking, and have minimal requirements for student-entry. The employees must be working a minimum of 20 hours per week and are required by their employers to get paid their usual rate of pay while in training.
The no-cost program is provided through a joint partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), and the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, CCM and 18 other community colleges in New Jersey have had a successful run thus far since the program began back in 2007.
“We’re very grateful to the Department of Labor and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association for supporting this program,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president in a news release. “Through this program, thousands of workers in Morris County have been able to improve their skills and advance their careers, as have many other workers across New Jersey.”
These no-cost classes will not provide you with a course certificate. To date, more than 50,000 employees in New Jersey have benefitted from the program, but local students were unaware these programs were even offered.
“I was not aware the school offered free business skills, computer training and communication classes,” said Jeff Gamba, sophomore at CCM. “I definitely see it as something beneficial for someone looking to pursue education, and a free class is always a great place to start and to help you go in the right direction.”
Vicki Goldberg, a Morris County resident, had similar opinions. “I think this is a good source of information and a good use of money. I didn’t know about it, but I think these programs would be beneficial to people who wanted to go back to school.”
CCM does, however, offer classes that do require tuition that garner you a certificate or certification.
The certification programs at CCM offer more than 20 areas you can enroll yourself in. The programs have a wide variety, ranging from paralegal and nurse studies, to welding, even to American Sign Language. Some of these programs require prerequisite courses for entry into the class.
“I think these are interesting opportunities for people who need such education and aid,” said Ryan Clarkin, a senior at Vernon High School. Clarkin, who is a prospective college student also didn’t know about these programs offered, but thought they could be a boost for the community.
“I think that this makes the community college a bit more of a community factor, adding to the potential and overall well-being of the community.”
All of the programs and classes, both cost and no-cost, are being offered at CCM this fall.