HCCC, Aspen Institute to launch Workforce Leadership Academy

Hudson County Community College announced Thursday it will be sponsoring a Workforce Leadership Academy, a program designed to create a network of workforce development leaders, in partnership with The Aspen Institute.

The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy is the first to be offered by Aspen with a community college, it said.

“Hudson County Community College is proud to sponsor the Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy in partnership with The Aspen Institute,” HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber said. “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.”

This is the first of four programs to launch this year by HCCC through the support of JPMorgan Chase, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. HCCC said it has also received additional funding from County of Hudson, the LeFrak family and Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

The one-year education and networking program, which has a competitive application process, is designed for senior-level managers from nonprofit organizations, business associations, union-based training efforts, public agencies and community colleges, who have the authority to make changes in technology, business norms and policy.

“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,” Sheila Maguire, senior fellow at The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and director of the local network of Workforce Leadership Academies, said. “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 including: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; Roseann Mazzeo, executive director of WomenRising; and Michelle Richardson, executive director of the Hudson County Economic Development Corp.

To apply, click here. The deadline is May 24.