The Career Development Institute-II, a new workforce development program for 18 to 24-year-old young adults in Montclair, Bloomfield and Belleville is starting up on August 17th and is actively seeking participants.
The five-week program, run by the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation (MNDC), is recruiting young adults whose families fit under the Federal Poverty Guidelines. MNDC is the oldest social services agency in Montclair. It provides help for lower-income families, such as rent and utility assistance and mental health counseling.
Participants in the training program will learn job readiness skills such as academic enrichment, financial literacy and life skills to increase their chances of getting hired in the future.
Local businesses throughout Essex County have partnered with MDNC to interview job candidates who complete the training program. Pending a strong interview, they will get
hired for entry-level positions on a part-time basis, with the goal of gaining full-time employment.
“This is about helping young adults who need to work,” explained Montclair 4th Ward Councilor David Cummings, an associate of the MNDC involved with recruiting participants and making connections with local businesses. “We are trying to support families who are on the lower-end economically. Being able to work and have your own income goes a long way. We are trying to help people gain financial skills.”
MNDC is looking for 10 to 15 young people to join the program, which will be held in-person following social distancing guidelines. If a participant is not comfortable coming to an in-person learning site, MDNC can tutor them virtually via Zoom.
The training will take place at the MNDC office and the Wally Choice Community Center in Montclair. In Belleville, the Public Library will hold training sessions. In Bloomfield, sessions will be held at the Bloomfield Town Hall and in new facilities in Watsessing Park.
The program comes as New Jersey faces historic unemployment numbers, due to the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions affecting many businesses across the state. However, the Career Development Institute-II was formulated before the pandemic, in October of 2019.
MDNC has bilingual staff to support families for whom English is their second language.
To register, contact MNDC Program Director Elaine Spears at (973)-744-9094 ext. #1202. The MNDC is located at 228 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair.