New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education (NJ PLACE) is a statewide initiative which helps people apply their apprenticeship education from participating programs toward a degree at a participating New Jersey college. NJ PLACE does not promote apprenticeship as an alternative to a college education, but as an exciting and promising pathway to it!
NJ PLACE is administered by the State Employment and Training Commission (SETC) for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD).
NJ PLACE developed as a partnership between many organizations, including: NJ’s 19 community colleges, Rutgers University, Thomas Edison State College, organized labor, employer associations, federally registered apprenticeship programs, and several government agencies. Together, they developed a statewide model to award college credit to graduates of participating registered apprenticeship programs.
NJ PLACE negotiated articulation agreements with all of our state’s community colleges to award a minimum number of credits toward an associate degree based on college-level learning in registered apprenticeship programs. In addition, a New Jersey law passed in January 2010 makes it possible for participants completing this degree to easily transfer to a state 4-year college or university. The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations created a Bachelor degree pathway to its BS in Labor and Employment Relations for AAS in Technical Studies graduates. Thomas Edison State College created both Associate and Bachelor degree pathways to several of its programs of study.
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NJ PLACE Founding & Supporting Partners:
Advisory Committee Members:
- Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey
- NJ Commission on Higher Education
- NJ Council of County Colleges
- NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
- NJ State AFL-CIO
- NJ State Building and Construction Trades Council
- NJ State Employment and Training Commission
- University College Community, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship
Participating Apprenticeship and Training Programs:
- International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers
- International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators & Allied Workers
- International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 15 and Corporation for Re-Employment and Safety Training
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- Joint Apprenticeship and Training Funds of Sheet Metal Locals 19, 22, 25 & 27 and the International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry
- NJ Department of Corrections Officer Training Institute
- NJ Health Care Employers, District 1199J - AFSCME Training and Development Fund
- Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
- Starting Points, Inc.
- United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry
- United Labor Agency of Bergen County YTTW Program
- UNITE HERE Local 54
Click here for information and resources for our Registered Apprenticeship & Training Partners.
New Jersey Colleges:
- Atlantic Cape Community College
- Bergen County College
- Brookdale Community College
- Burlington County College
- Camden County College
- Cumberland County College
- Essex County College
- Gloucester County College
- Hudson County Community College
- Mercer County Community College
- Middlesex County College
- County College Of Morris
- Ocean County College
- Passaic County Community College
- Raritan Valley County College
- Rutgers' School of Management and Labor Relations
- Salem County College
- Sussex County Community College
- Thomas Edison State College
- Union County College
- Warren County Community College
Click here for information and resources for our NJ Community College Partners.