Workforce Development

Advancing New Jersey's Competitive Position

Bridging the Gap to Fuel Growth

The Learning and Development Initiative, a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), plays a pivotal role in advancing workforce development both at the state and federal levels. This initiative serves as a catalyst for bridging the gap between academia and industry, aligning educational programs with the evolving needs of the workforce, and fostering innovation-driven economic growth.

At the state level, the Learning and Development Initiative addresses the specific workforce challenges and opportunities within New Jersey's diverse industries. By partnering with local businesses, government agencies, and community organizations, the LDI can tailor educational and training programs to equip individuals with the skills and competencies demanded by the state's key sectors, such as technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and cybersecurity. Through targeted workforce development initiatives, the collaboration can help address skills shortages, promote job creation, and enhance the overall competitiveness of New Jersey's workforce.

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The LDI contributes to federal workforce development goals by aligning its programs with national priorities and initiatives. By maintaining awareness of federal workforce policies, regulations, and funding opportunities, LDI ensures that its educational and training initiatives are strategically aligned with broader workforce development strategies at the federal level. This alignment enables the initiative to leverage federal resources, grants, and partnerships to expand its impact and reach across diverse communities and industries.


Best Practices at Scale

The Learning and Development Initiative serves as a model for effective collaboration between educational institutions, government agencies, industry partners, and community stakeholders, demonstrating best practices in workforce development that can be replicated and scaled at the national level. By sharing insights, lessons learned, and successful strategies with counterparts in other states, the initiative contributes to the collective effort to strengthen the nation's workforce, enhance economic resilience, and foster inclusive growth.  

Custom Training

Invest in your human capital and align learning with business goals, below is a brief example of custom learning objectives.

Custom Programs for Organizations:

  • Custom Training for Skill Agility 
  • AI for Everyone
  • AI for Business
  • Design Thinking for Business
  • Advanced Revit Software for Architects and Engineers
  • Management Essentials
  • Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician



Meet The Team

Michael Edmondson, Ph.D.

Vice President of Continued Learning

Tracy MacDonald

Director, Custom Training

Michelle Del Vecchio

Director, Operations and Administration

Ryan Mass

Director, Professional Development & Executive Education for NJIT

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