The New Jersey Reentry Corporation announces the launch of its New Jersey Build pre-apprenticeship program to train underserved individuals for employment in the state building and construction trades
KEASBEY— Today, Thursday, July 12th, the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) was joined by Lieutenant Governor Oliver, Speaker Coughlin, Senator Cunningham, State Officials, reentry clients, and members of the New Jersey community for the official announcement of their New Jersey Build (NJBuild) pre-apprenticeship training program, which will function as a portal to admittance to the state building and construction trades. The program, open to individuals in seven counties (Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Middlesex, Monmouth, Middlesex, and Somerset) throughout North and Central New Jersey, will service the economically disadvantaged, minorities and women, as well as increase opportunities for persons with a history of addiction and incarceration.
“Having the opportunity to come out of prison and be part of the NJBuild Program gave me the opportunity to rebuild my life through productive employment.”—NJRC Client Edwin Ortiz
“The NJBuild program not only afforded me the opportunity to provide an honest living for my family, but it helped me to the provide the proper health benefits for my daughter who has brittle bone disease.”—NJRC Client Corey Rhett
The announcement at the New Jersey Department of Transportation Maintenance Yard featured remarks from Lieutenant Governor Oliver, Speaker Coughlin, Senator Cunningham, NJDOL Commissioner Asaro-Angelo, NJDOT Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Freeholder O’Dea, NJ State Parole Board Chairman Sam Plumeri, and Peter LaConti of LaConti Concrete and Masonry, Inc. on the positive impact NJRC’s NJBuild pre-apprenticeship programs will have on our clients and members of the New Jersey community; New Jersey Reentry Clients Edwin Ortiz and Corey Rhett also spoke to their experience in NJRC’s previously offered pre-apprenticeship programs and how working in the state building and construction trades have changed their lives.
Please click here for live footage from today’s event, and please find further details about NJRC’s NJBuild pre-apprenticeship training program on the flyer below.
About the New Jersey Reentry Corporation
The New Jersey Reentry Corporation is committed to providing critically needed services to court involved individuals to empower them to achieve healthy self-sufficiency, thereby reducing recidivism and fostering safer communities.
Clients receive individualized assessments and treatment plans that address essential needs, including addiction treatment, structured sober housing, job training and employment, linkage to legal services and healthcare, and spiritual mentoring. During orientation, NJRC staff educate clients on employment skills and soft skills, including resume development, interview and workplace etiquette, goal setting, and frustration tolerance. Clients traditionally receive case management services for a six- to nine-month period.
Through NJRC’s pro bono legal services program, clients are screened and provided assistance with driver’s license restoration. Since the inception of the legal services program, hundreds of driver’s licenses have been successfully restored.
NJRC then assists in securing employment for their clients by sustaining relationships with private and public employers who are “background-friendly.” NJRC works to educate employers on the benefits of hiring individuals with a criminal background and strives to maximize the training and employment of this discrete population.
The New Jersey Reentry Corporation has a statewide network of reentry sites in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, and Union Counties.