Senate President Sweeney Announces ‘The Rowan Consortium’

The CCSNJ participated in today’s announcement that addressed the need to meet today’s labor demand by “bundling” varying degree programs

Earlier today, Kathleen A. Davis, Executive Vice President & COO participated in Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s press conference announcing ‘The Rowan Consortium’ which is New Jersey’s first “bundled” education program for job training.

The Work & Learn Consortium, a model designed by Rowan College of Gloucester County in collaboration with Rowan University, Gloucester County, the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, will create degree programs developed in conjunction with business and industry leaders designed to address the seven highest areas of labor demand in New Jersey: Advanced Manufacturing; Financial Services; Transportation, Logistics & Distribution; Healthcare; Biopharmaceutical Life Sciences; Hospitality, Retail & Tourism; and, Construction Management.

‘The Rowan Consortium’ will bundle vocational-technical schools, county colleges and four-year colleges/universities to create specialized degrees via a “stackable credential” program making earning degrees and certificates more flexible, affordable and attainable for students. Stackable credentials are a series of credentials that allow a student to move from a certificate to a baccalaureate degree in a selected field, with each credential building upon the prior credential required for the desired job.

Ms. Davis, who participated in the formal program, stated:

“This forward thinking initiative capitalizes on the power that comes from partnerships between government, education and the private sector to educate the workforce.  Finding skilled and qualified employees – and retaining them – is an expensive proposition for businesses. Training and educating of workers to fill positions in high demand labor sectors will ensure that the businesses in these sectors will have a deep bench of talent from which to choose.” 

Senate President Sweeney announced that he plans to introduce legislation that will require county colleges throughout the state to adopt similar models. The CCSNJ looks forward to supporting this legislation, which ensures that businesses work with county colleges and technical schools to design degree and certificate programs based upon the needs of the business community.