Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian hosted a press conference at Atlantic Cape’s Atlantic City Campus May 22 to showcase job training and placement programs the city is collaborating on to return residents to work.
Partners include U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, the Department of Labor, Atlantic County, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic City Electric and Atlantic Cape.
“These partners will not rest until we get Atlantic City, Atlantic County and Southern New Jersey where it needs to be,” LoBiondo said.
Atlantic Cape has been working since March with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the One-Stop Career Centers in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties to provide services to those affected by the casino layoffs.
This initiative is funded by the National Emergency Grant awarded to the NJLWD from the federal government. Atlantic Cape, through continuing education, provides a mandatory 3-hour orientation to advise the dislocated workers of all of the services available to them, including: labor market information, career counseling, job search skills, resume writing, interviewing, importance of networking, as well as a connection to employment services and training.
“No one agency can make the transformative change this area needs,” said Howard Kyle, Atlantic County government representative. “Our goal in 10 years is for this area to be known for technology jobs.”