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Center for Economic and Workforce Development

Job Development Department

The Center for Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) Job Development Staff is responsible for providing career advisement to students and connecting them to employment.  Staff is located on both the Elizabeth and Plainfield Campuses. The CEWD Job Developer’s role includes providing career assessments so that students can develop an educational and career plans based on their interests, academic levels and employment history.  During the career assessment, the use of applications, such as O*net and NJCAN help students complete a career survey.  Recently, we incorporated NJ Career Connections into our curriculum and individual counseling sessions.

Employer Partnerships

Employer partnerships are key to the success of our Job Developers who continually reach out to local employers to identify open positions for CEWD students in our Occupational and Basic Adult Education Training programs where they earn industry-recognized credentials in a number of professions.

Contact our Job Development Team at 908-659-5105:

Katrina James-Pellam 908-659-5116 (direct)                                                                                                                      or email at katrina.james-pellam@ucc.edu

Henri Baptiste 908-527-7244 (direct)                                                                                                                               or email at baptiste@ucc.edu

Submit Open Jobs to our team here.

CEWD Job Development workshops include:

  • Creating and modifying resume/cover letters
  • Strengthening interview skills follow up with recording mock interviews
  • Creating LinkedIn accounts and the use of LinkedIn as a tool for networking
  • Learning the importance of networking and marketing their skills
  • Dressing for success
  • Job and Career Fairs
  • Developing short-term and long term goals
  • Using Internet Search Engines

CEWD partners with other community resources, such as:

  • Career Closet via the Junior League of Elizabeth and Plainfield and Dress for Success in Morristown. These non-profit organizations offer free professional clothes and accessories to students active in job search.

The Job Development staff conducts life skills workshops that include

  • Financial literacy
  • Motivational workshops
  • Budgeting and Couponing
  • How to use World Education Service to translate degrees
  • Cooking Healthy On A Budget
  • Law Day
  • Interview Etiquette
  • Preparing For An Interview
  • Cultural Workshops

CEWD partners with organizations that provide our students with additional services and resources:

  • Elizabeth YWCA
  • Plainfield Angels For Action
  • Plainfield Salvation Army
  • Bayway (Elizabeth) Family Success Center
  • Plainfield Family Success Center
  • HomeFirst