EHT Schools Receive $424,000 Grant to Implement Youth Transition to Work Program | Egg Harbor-EHC

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township School District received a $424,422 Youth Work Transition Grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development Office in June for provide hands-on workforce readiness training for juniors and seniors, as well as out-of-school youth ages 16-24, giving them a head start in obtaining an apprenticeship registered and lifelong employment in highly paid and highly skilled careers.

One of only three grant recipients in the state, the township will also use grant funds to meet the need for better-aligned secondary and post-secondary education that not only meets student interests, but also labor demands. -New Jersey-specific workmanship.

“The Youth-to-Work Transition Grant will provide the district with the opportunity to continue and expand the many excellent apprenticeship programs that have already been created for high school students in Egg Harbor Township. These programs will provide students with viable career options after high school (and) the skills and experiences needed to be employed in high-paying, highly-skilled, and in-demand fields, while creating a sustainable workforce. We are grateful for this generous grant through the New Jersey Department of Labor that will allow the district to provide opportunities for in-school and out-of-school youth,” said Dr. Carmelita Graham, Director of Career Education and vocational and technical education. for Egg Harbor Township Schools.

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“The mission of the YTTW program is to recruit, select and facilitate effective transitions of high school juniors, seniors and out-of-school youth (ages 16-24) into highly skilled, well-paying jobs in high-skilled occupations. strong labor demand, with long-term career potential and lifelong learning opportunities, motivating young people to do better in secondary and post-secondary education,” said Tami Novatin of the NJ Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship.

“YTTW grant recipients should establish programs in new apprenticeship professions or industries, link secondary education and higher education institutions to existing USDOL apprenticeship programs, reactivate registered programs that are not currently in use and increase the number of high school graduates entering registered apprenticeship programs. in New Jersey.

The 18-month YTTW program will take place on the heels of the district grant-funded Pre-Apprenticeship in Vocational Education (PACE) program that was launched in the 2021-2022 school year, funded by a $300,000 grant. received from the Department of Labor and NJ. Workforce Development in June 2021. Also spanning 18 months, the PACE program prepares Egg Harbor Township High School seniors for expanded career opportunities with combined industry-based training to educational programs to put them on the fast track to earning advanced degrees, creating a pipeline of qualified student candidates from all socio-economic backgrounds. Students in the PACE program receive paid workforce readiness training in manufacturing, wastewater operations, and medical assistance programs offered by partner organizations NJ Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP ), Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA), and Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC), creating a solid foundation for students seeking registered learning, higher-paying employment in these fields of study, a post-secondary vocational school or higher education after graduation.

Additionally, the district has partnered with the Atlantic County Workforce Development (ACWD) office which coordinates resources and effectively provides workforce readiness services to residents and Atlantic County businesses through educational and technical training that meets employer needs. As a Department of Labor Approved Apprenticeship Intermediary, ACWD assists companies in successfully creating, launching and/or expanding apprenticeship programs, and is qualified to assist in the development of registered apprenticeship programs . As such, ACWD staff members worked collaboratively with the school district and employer partners with the associated administrative requirements to become an approved corporate sponsor of the Registered Apprenticeship Program, and provided financial support through through their youth summer employment program to enhance the work experience of recent EHTHS graduates. . The ACWDB also helps facilitate grant outcomes when transitioning from PACE to recorded learnings.

Led by Graham, the YTTW grant will allow the district to continue PACE initiatives and expand programming to include additional partnerships with Kaizen Technologies Inc. providing students with pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship computer and cybersecurity training opportunities recorded, allowing them to confidently embark on the next technical age with ease and efficiency; Viking Yacht Co. offers professional summer employment, vocational training and registered apprenticeship opportunities in marine manufacturing; South Jersey Yacht Sales provides students with hands-on professional education and vocational training in marine electronics, installation, boat systems and engine repairs; Local 68 Operations Engineers offers program graduates access and entry to their four-year apprenticeship education and training program which includes Black Seal Steam, Blue Seal Refrigeration, OSHA- 10 and CFC Universal; United Steelworkers offers access and exposure to their versatile cross-functional apprenticeship training program which will prepare graduates of the program for a multitude of construction careers; Ernest Trans School of Trucking offers CDL license certification training to participants 18 and older who have a standard NJ state driver’s license; as well as exposure to airport operations through a partnership with TBI Airport Management at Atlantic City International Airport.

“The District looks forward to building on the successes of the PACE program and delivering a YTTW program that serves even more young people in Egg Harbor Township, champions their career goals, serves as an advocate for recorded apprenticeships, facilitates effective career transitions for all participants, secures partnerships with approved learning companies, and aligns well with the district strategic plan and Egg Harbor Township High’s vocational, vocational and technical education courses School,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kim Gruccio said.

Those interested in learning more about the Out-of-School Youth Program should complete the Google Form at For business partnership opportunities or to learn more about becoming an employer sponsor, visit, or contact Dr. Graham at 609-653-0100, ext . 1681, or by email at; or Ellen Gregory at 609-646-8441 ext. 1017, or by email at

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