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Center for Economic and Workforce Development

Union County College

Center for Economic and Workforce Development

Welcome to the Center for Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD). 

CEWD is the Adult Vocational/Educational department of Union College and is located on both the Elizabeth and Plainfield Campuses.  The Center offers occupational training programs and education programs in ESL, Adult Basic Education, and preparation for the GED Test (GED) or remedial classes for the ACCUPLACER for college placement in addition to Integrated English Literacy and Civics education.

CEWD is proud of supporting the fulfillment of Union College’s mission statement:  Transforming Our Community One Student at a Time.  Throughout its forty-year history, CEWD has collaborated closely with State and Federal funders, the American Job Centers, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) and the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development. So many students have benefited and continue to benefit from the services CEWD provides.

Serving the community is a priority that has never wavered.

The Center offers a wide variety of programs and courses to over 4,000 adults each year. The Center model includes standardized assessment, student support services, occupation-related basic skills instruction and occupational training and job placement services. In keeping Union College’s commitment to provide access to education for all, CEWD instruction is scheduled during evening and daytime hours so that adults can choose a schedule most convenient for themselves and their lifestyles.

The Center has an involved Student Service staff and an active Job Development team who schedule regular career days and comprehensive job fairs for CEWD students and the community. As a Union County American Job Center partner, the Center supports the County’s Social Service Agencies with activities geared to increasing the productivity and employability of the agency’s participants and Union County residents.