Two more NJ Pathways industry collaboratives gather for team-building and best practice sharing

About 80 leaders in the health services industry participated this week in the in-person “New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities: Health Services Collaborative Meeting” at the Moses Center at Bergen Community College in Paramus, which was organized by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, according to a Thursday announcement.

The health services event was led by Catherine Frugé Starghill, vice president of strategy and partnerships at NJCCC. It included a presentation by Bergen Community College staff about its Associate Degree Nursing Program, a presentation by Camden County College about its Certified/Registered Medical Assistant Program, pathways of the Center of Workforce Innovation for Patient Care and a health services expert panel discussion. On the panel were Jeff Feldman, director, advocacy and communications, National Association of Social Workers – New Jersey, Belinda Cooper, chief HR officer, New Jersey State Hospital Association, and Charles Larobis, director of quality, clinical and regulatory services, Health Care Association of New Jersey.

Catherine Frugé Starghill is at the podium.

“Our in-person Collaborative Meetings around the state this fall and winter are moving the NJ Pathways to Career Opportunities initiative forward to align education to the workforce needs of industry. We are so excited that so many stakeholders believe in NJ Pathways and have joined together to make our vision to align education to the needs of industry a reality. We now have more than 1,200 industry and education partners throughout New Jersey. We all must be connected to build an innovative workforce, and that is exactly what we’re doing… connecting and sharing critical information,” Starghill said.

Last week, NJCCC held the NJ Pathways to Career Opportunities: Technology and Innovation Collaborative Meeting at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mount Laurel with more than 70 industry leaders in attendance.

The mission of the NJ Pathways to Career Opportunities initiative, led by New Jersey’s community colleges and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, is to align education to build an innovative workforce.

At each of the four industry collaborative meetings, NJCCC brings together industry and education partners from across the state and sectors to share labor market intelligence, as well as discuss other key topics regarding workforce development and education issues.

The Pathways Initiative is creating a connected education ecosystem to industry and has more than 1,200 industry and education partners since its kickoff in December 2021. More details are available here.