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If you are unemployed, underemployed, or have lost your job because of company downsizing, you may be eligible for a training grant through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJ LWD).  If you qualify, a number of training programs may be available to you at no cost.

William Paterson University School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCPE) offers a variety of online certificate training programs that are grant eligible.  You can search our course calendar for the training options that are right for you.

In order to determine if you are eligible for a training grant, please contact your local New Jersey One-Stop Career Center.  One-Stop Career Centers are located by county throughout New Jersey.  Your local One-Stop offers free employment services to help you develop the skills necessary to find a job.  Employment counselors will work with you to review your career options based upon your current skill set.

The SCPE Online Certificate Programs can boost your marketability through professional skill development.  Whether are you learning a new skill, sharpening your current skill set, or maintaining your skill competency, SCPE has a training program that meets your need.  Our online certificate programs utilize the latest in online learning content and technology to help you become a stronger job candidate.

Please note that procedures vary from One-Stop to One-Stop, so these are general guidelines. We encourage you to contact us at (973) 720-2354 or CERTIFICATEPROGRAM@wpunj.edu if you need help along the way.

Steps to Training for Workforce Grant-Eligible Applicants 

  1. Determine your eligibility and begin the application process by contacting your local New Jersey One-Stop Career Center at https://www.nj.gov/labor or call 609-984-9414.  Counselors are working remotely during the pandemic, so call or email to connect with them.
     
  2. While applying for your grant, we invite you to explore eligible courses at https://www.wpunj.edu/cpe/professional-certificate-programs/. Please contact us at beckfordj4@wpunj.edu, CERTIFICATEPROGRAM@wpunj.edu or (973) 720-2354 for more information about program(s) that interest you.
     
  3. Once your grant has been approved, we'll send you any remaining paperwork and return to beckfordj4@wpunj.edu. With everything completed, we will send a Letter of Acceptance to your NJ Division of Workforce counselor.
     
  4. Upon receipt of your Letter of Acceptance, your NJ Division of Workforce counselor will send SCPE a contract for your training.  At that time, we'll send you full course information, including access codes and completion deadlines.

Contact Information

To begin this process or for any questions along the way, please contact:

William Paterson School of Continuing and Professional Development

973.720.2354 - Menu Option 3

Jasmyne Beckford, BECKFORDJ4@WPUNJ.EDU 

SCPE Staff, CERTIFICATEPROGRAM@WPUNJ.EDU 

LOCATION PHONE NUMBER AND WEBSITES AS AVAILABLE

Bergen County 201-329-9600
Essex County 973-395-3220
NewarkWorks 973-648-3370
Morris County 800-870-3478 OR 973-285-6880
Passaic County 973-340-3400
Sussex County 973-383-2775
Warren County 908-329-9174

For information on the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) please contact your local One-Stop Career Center.

DVRS Confidential Referral Form

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