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Department of State

Business Assistance Programs

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

Labor And Workforce Development Assistance Programs

New Jersey Talent Networks

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) is awarding up to $1.6 million to organizations that will serve as “talent networks” by pointing job seekers to opportunity and connecting employers and educators to make sure schools give graduates skills that fit the bill. The program aims to equip applicants for job growth in a handful of sectors. Through talent networks, educational institutions can better understand exactly what employers need from job seekers. The State will distribute federally funded grant money of up to $275,000 each to six networks in different industries (see below). A seventh network is planned for green jobs. Networks

Industry Lead Organization Contact
Advanced Manufacturing New Jersey Manufacturing Extension
Program
Michael Marchetti, Program Manager
mmarchetti @njmep.org
973-998-9801(office)
201-306-0173 (cell)
Frank Preta, Program Manager
fpreta @njmep.org
973-998-1128 (office)
973-860-4637 (cell)
Financial Services African American Chamber
of Commerce of NJ
Christine Lipsack, Program Manager
clipsack @aaccnj.com
Terrenny Robinson, Program Manager
trobinson @aaccnj.com
609-571-1607
Health Care Rutgers School of Management and
Labor Relations
Krithicka Raghunathan, Director
kraghunathan @smlr.rutgers .edu
848-445-9436
Life Sciences Rutgers School of Management and
Labor Relations
Zakir Mirza, Director
zmirza @smlr.rutgers .edu
848-445-9413
Technology &
Entrepreneurship
New Jersey Institute of Technology Elizabeth Kujan, Director
kujan @njit.edu
973-596-5886
Randee Jennings, Director
jennings @njit.edu
973-596-5423
Transportation & Logistics New Jersey Manufacturing Extension
Program, Inc.
Robert Salamone, Director
rsalamone @njmep.org
973-998-9801 (office)
908-797-0018 (cell)
Construction & Utilities New Jersey Institute of Technology North:
Juan Gonzalez, Co-director
jgon @njit.edu
973-596-3464 (office)
908-338-0679 (cell)
  Raritan Valley Community College Annamaria Lalevee, Co-director
annamaria. lalevee @raritanval.edu
973-713-1128 (cell)
  Rowan University Southern NJ Talent
Network for Construction & Utilities
South:
Robert Tumas, Program Manager
tumas @rowan.edu
856-256-5730
Food Industry Rutgers Food Innovation Center Denise Bartone, Director
denise.a. bartone @rutgers.edu
732-445-6130
Retail, Hospitality &
Tourism
Fairleigh Dickerson University North:
Sandra Bleckman, Director
bleckman @fdu.edu
201-692-7266
  Stockton University South:
Stacy Forman, Director
stacy.forman @stockton.edu
609-626-3456

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