The foundation of Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center’s mission is to provide career and job skill development along with a network of employers for disadvantaged, disabled workers, unemployed, and ex-offenders to provide full-time permanent employment opportunities. Mid-Atlantic accomplishes this goal through the many programs that it offers.
Job Training Program – Workplus
Mid-Atlantic offers a job-skill building and job-placement program for adults currently on various public assistance programs. With a goal of helping people become employed, the program helps clients find jobs, create resumes, complete job applications and practice interviewing techniques. Mid-Atlantic’s proven success record stems from the core philosophy of hands-on, individual instructor-client interaction.
Mid-Atlantic utilizes the Workplus Program which was developed by Public and Private Ventures and Cornell University. This program is used in Mid-Atlantic’s sites in Salem City, Woodbury and Westampton.
The Job Training Program’s main objective is to prepare clients for permanent employment. Upon entering the program, clients work one-on-one with a staff member to create a strong, effective resume to be used in their job search. They are also instructed on basic interviewing skills which will highlight their occupational strengths.
Using a combination of group participation and instructor guidance, clients learn concepts including serving the customer, working as a team, decision-making and problem-solving and dressing for success. Armed with the appropriate tools for job-hunting, clients are then connected with potential employers through either on-site or in-house interviews.
Clients are also able to take advantage of an on-line education system to refresh their basic skills while exploring the variety of career options available to them. Knowing that a healthy personal life plays a significant part in retaining a job, the Job Training Program also assists clients with life skills, including creating and sticking to a budget and learning about good nutrition.
Reentry Workplus Program
The Reentry Workplus Program is a volunteer program provided by Mid-Atlantic serving inmates in county, state and federal correctional facilities throughout the region. It is currently being offered in the Salem County Correctional Facility, Camden County Correctional Facility, Gloucester County Correctional Facility, Fort Dix Federal Corrections Institute and Fairton Federal Corrections Institute.
The program focuses on job-skill development in insure sustainable employment upon release and the reduction of recidivism. Inmates complete a 12-week program delivered on-site once a week. Topics cover basic job skills such as team building, problem solving, developing professional attitudes and decision making. Inmates build a resume and develop interviewing skills, as well as receive training on finances and career advancement. A graduation ceremony is held at the end of the 12 weeks.
Supported Employment is a program funded by the New Jersey Divisio of Vocational and Rehabilitation Services and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. It is designed to help individuals with difficulties obtain and keep a meaningful job within the community. The program assists clients with a psychiatric diagnosis find employment that fits into their life on either a full- or part-time basis. Assistance in the program includes help searching for a job, filling out job applications, and practicing interviewing skills.
Interested in one of our Workplus Programs?
Instructors: David Zeck, Robin Buoncuore & Britney Lillya
Location: 31 Oak Street; Salem, NJ 08079 | 856-279-2336
Instructors: Wisdom Zio
Location: 55 Delaware St., Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-514-2200 Ext. 131.
Instructors: Jean Sheldon & Linwood Mosley
Location: 790 Woodlane Road; Westampton, NJ 08060 | 609-288-6429
Parolee Employment Placement
The Parolee Employment Placement Program (PEPP) is a grant-funded program through the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development serving:
- Atlantic County
- Burlington County
- Camden County
- Cape May County
- Cumberland County
- Gloucester County
- Mercer County
- Monmouth County
- Ocean County
- Salem County
Working closely with the One-Stop Career Centers throughout the region to assist with job placement; participants must be referred to the program through their parole officer.
The curriculum of the program includes job coaching and employment preparation such as resume preparation, interviewing skills, job planning and employer contacts. Participants are coached on how to obtain sustainable employment, retain employment, and avoid re-offending for a six month period from the date of enrollment in the program.
Interested in our Parolee Employment Placement Program (PEPP)?
Contact David Zeck, Vice President of Operations, at 856-279-2336 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the PEPP Program.
YOUTH EXPLORING CAREERS
The Mid-Atlantic States Youth Exploring Careers Program seeks to build both personal and job readiness skills with in-school youth ages 16 through 21 and out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 in Salem County. Youth are provided with both classroom and workplace experiences to prepare for rewarding and high-paying careers in the food, retailing and manufacturing sectors. Youth will be prepared to succeed in life through independent life skills, job skills and job placement.
The program focuses on personal development, job readiness, reading improvement and academic achievement specifically through:
- Grad Program Prep
- job-skill development
- community service
- job placement
- prepare for higher education
- expressive arts (Burlington)
- nutritional education
- financial literacy
Upon completion of this program, youth will have the skills and knowledge to be successful in both the job market and in higher education. They will also gain a variety of life skills that will enhance their potential for long-term success.
If you are interested in the Exploring Careers Program – call 856-514-2139
WE GROW STARS™
Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center introduces We Grow Stars™, an after school program for students in third through fifth grades aimed at helping them build brighter futures by making healthy food choices, participating in physical activity and exploring career paths.
Who: Salem City School District students in grades 3 to 5
What: Fun activities to promote healthy eating and exercise habits and academic improvement.
Where: Salem Middle School
When: from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Why: Because YOU are a GROWING STAR™!
A typical day will include:
- Fun, on-line learning to help boost academic performance
- Homework time with support and tutoring
- Energizing physical activities as part of the CATCH program
- Healthy, delicious snacks
- Mentoring time
- Social time to relax and interact with friends
Presented by Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center thanks to grant funding by the Salem Health and Wellness Foundation.
Mid-Atlantic Career and Education Center has announced plans for the development of a new innovative low-impact sustainable farming approach that provides a model that is eco-friendly by minimizing use of energy, water and plant nutrients to produce specialty and ethnic crops.
New Options Farms™, which will begin in Salem County with plans to expand into Gloucester County, will use state-of-the-art production techniques to produce organic produce through hydroponic growing technology. These farms will produce high quality vegetables, herbs, and flowers to high-end restaurants and ethnic oriented markets in the Mid-Atlantic region. The farms will incorporate alternative energy systems including solar, wind and bio sources that will result in the entire facility being “off the grid” and leaving a “zero” carbon footprint.
It is anticipated that New Options Farms™ will create up to 400 jobs over a period of several years for disabled individuals including disabled veterans. The farms will bring experts from around the world to develop their unique approach. Additionally, these projects can become nationally recognized farm operations which will incorporate the use of the newest alternative, sustainable and renewable energy and production systems.
Knowing that transportation to and from employment is a significant hurdle many Work First New Jersey, General Assistance clients, low-income and underemployed people face on a daily basis, Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center set out to find a solution.
The result: The Community Shuttle of Salem County.
With Mid-Atlantic at the helm, the Collaborative Shuttle is a partnership of several agencies dedicated to providing transportation to low-income or underemployed residents. Along with Mid-Atlantic, the partners include the County of Salem, The New Jersey Transit Authority, Salem County One Stop Career Center, Salem and Penns Grove Ministerium, the Cities of Salem and Penns Grove.
The clean and professionally-staffed shuttles provide transportation services at hours not currently offered by NJ Transit. By filling this transportation gap, Mid-Atlantic has opened opportunities for clients to obtain – and most importantly, retain – employment in first, second, and third shift positions, seven days a week.
The Collaborative Shuttle follows a fixed route that begins on the east side of Salem City and travels along Route 49 through Pennsville, Carneys Point and Penns Grove. It then heads to Interstate 295 to end at the Pureland Industrial Complex and Commodore 295 Business Park in Gloucester County at Exits 10 and 11. Fares are a suggested donation of $3 each way. Fare boxes are located on each transit bus.
Additional routes will be added as needed. Possible routes include Penns Grove to Bridgeton and from Salem to Elmer.
This transportation collaboration has not only helped to bring potential employers and employees together, but it has strengthened the relationships between the agencies themselves, which could result in additional endeavors that will make it easier to lend a helping hand to those in need of assistance.
Funding for this collaboration is provided by the Salem County One-Stop Career Center, NJ Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program through NJ Transit and contributions by the general public.
*Beginning January 1, 2015, a suggested fare of $3.00 for a one way ride will be in effect.
Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center believes in the potential of people, and takes to heart its mission to provide disadvantaged people with the tools and resources they need to improve their quality of life.
We also know that this assistance moves beyond the individual to the health of the family as well. We know that to do our job successfully, we have to have a broader vision that encompasses the community. Mid-Atlantic’s Community Outreach endeavors span across county boundaries and touches those in need in many capacities, specifically focusing on our youth and elderly populations.
We see a need and we strive to meet it, particularly through the creation of partnerships with other agencies who share our vision of community. Some of these partners include:
- Cumberland/Salem County Workforce Investment Board
- Salem County Department on Aging
- Salem County Correctional Facility
- Camden County Correctional Facility
- Burlington/Salem/Gloucester/Cumberland/Cape May County Re-Entry Program
- Burlington County Youth Council
Here are just a few of Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center’s Community Outreach contributions:
Many times, our country’s Veterans are unaware of the resources that are available to them, which Mid-Atlantic views as a disservice to these special men and women. To ensure that our Veterans have every opportunity available to them, we seek out employers and programs that aim to offer every benefit to these clients.
We Grow Stars Program™
To offer Salem City youth mentoring and support, this program will allow students in grades 3 to 5 to work with mentors who will help with homework and provide tutoring. Students will also be able to take advantage of the on-line education system. This program will be offered free of charge.
Exploring Careers Program
Having someone provide guidance, support, and encouragement while young can have a life-long influence on a child. At Mid-Atlantic, mentors offer this time to Salem and Burlington County students who are both in and out of school. For high school seniors, the Exploring Careers program gives participants a glimpse into the career opportunities that are available to them. For those who have left the school system, mentors can offer guidance on getting back on track both educationally and professionally.
Knowing how important an education is to securing and advancing in a career, Mid-Atlantic has new program to help prepare Salem County residents for the task of taking the General Education Development/Diploma (GED) or the Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC™). MASCEC is also working to become a certified test provider for the GED.
Reentry Workplus Program
To help prepare those who are incarcerated for employment upon release, Mid-Atlantic offers a 12-week job skills and job readiness training program which is delivered on-site. Participants are rewarded with a graduation ceremony at the end of the course. This free program is currently offered in the Salem County Correctional Facility, the Camden County Correctional Facility, Gloucester County Correctional Facility, and the Fairton Federal Prison in Cumberland County.
Clients with a criminal record can take advantage of this service provided by Mid-Atlantic. Clients must be deemed eligible in accordance with New Jersey State law. This service is performed free of charge for clients on an individual basis with a senior staff member.
Welcoming the contributions of the region’s Hispanic population, Mid-Atlantic is working to bridge communication barriers with an ESL program. Utilizing both on-line and instructor-based curriculum, the program offers compassionate yet vigorous language instruction to generate expanded employment and educational opportunities.
From sponsoring youth sports teams to making sure our elderly population is cared for, Mid-Atlantic quietly provides small necessities that help improve the quality of life for all our neighborhoods. Mid-Atlantic sponsors a softball team and a basketball team, providing uniforms for all the young athletes. We also ensure our seniors are comfortable in the warmest and coldest months by giving funds to supply free fans and heating oil to the elderly. The gardening project keeps our clients busy in the spring growing vegetables in raised garden beds that are then distributed to local disadvantaged residents. Mid-Atlantic also awards an annual scholarship to help support continued education opportunities for clients. This service is spearheaded by Mid-Atlantic’s Senior Vice President of Planning and Development Ben Wood.
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