The Governor’s Reentry Training and Employment Center

The Governor's Reentry Training and Employment Center is the cornerstone of NJRC’s efforts to rehabilitate reentering individuals into our society. Located in Kearny, New Jersey, the Training Center provides program participants with comprehensive, wraparound services: state and federal benefits, legal services, healthcare, housing referrals, and training and employment.

To make our participants competitive applicants for various fields, NJRC conducts evaluations of participants to determine appropriate career tracks and necessary skill training for establishing a career. Through partnerships with private businesses and accredited training vendors, program participants who complete a training course will receive “industry-recognized” credentials, complete employer onboarding, and manage federal bonding for continued employment.

Our Facility

Through the generosity of Wendy Neu of the Hugo Neu Corporation, the Governor’s Reentry Training and Employment Center is located in a three-story, 25,000-square-foot facility that provides training and “industry-recognized” credentials to NJRC program participants. This facility also includes:

  • The Francine A. LeFrak Wellness Center
  • MaloSmilesUSA Dental Screenings
  • Clara Maass Medical Center Medical Screenings
  • The Cunningham Computer Center
  • Financial Literacy with Hudson County Community College
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment from New Bridge Medical Center
  • Veterans Assistance
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Training for Excellence

New Jersey Reentry Corporation works to provide each program participant with the tools necessary to succeed when they return from prison, jail, addiction treatment, or combat. At the Governor’s Reentry Center, participants are supported by professional teams that will assess, prepare, and implement short and long-term career plans. NJRC's goal is to train participants with industry-recognized credentials to demonstrate the necessary core competency to reenter the workforce.

NJRC Training Courses

The Governor’s Reentry Training and Employment Center houses nine (9) classrooms and conferences spaces for a wide variety of training. NJRC has partnered with the below organizations and companies to offer courses in the below skills:

  • Google Digital Literacy
  • Financial Literacy through M&T Bank and TD Bank
  • Introduction to Computers through JPMorgan Chase
  • Workforce Readiness through USDOL and 1 Huddle

In addition, NJRC offers "industry-recognized" credentials in sixteen (16) major certification skill sets:

  • CISCO’s CCNA Routing & Switching
  • Construction Package
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical Assistant
  • EMR
  • EMT
  • Forklift Training
  • HVAC
  • Medical Assistant/Medical Billing and Coding
  • Microsoft Basics
  • Peer Recovery Specialist
  • Phlebotomy
  • Plumbing Assistant & Building Maintenance
  • Solar Panel Installation
  • Solar Panel Sales
  • Welding

CISCO’s CCNA Routing & Switching

CISCO's CCNA course is a 5-month IT-based course taught by Camden Dream Center specializing in Routing and Switching. Upon signing up for the CCNA course, participants will be enrolled in two prerequisite courses titled "Get Connected" and "Intro to Packet Tracer." This class offers participants a CCNA certification.

Courses: Get Connected, Intro to Packet Tracer, CCNA Course

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 1 PM, 5 months Virtual through WebEx

Offers: CCNA Certification

Construction Package

This package will offer participants nationally recognized certifications in the following - 30 Hour OSHA, 8 Hour Fall Protection, 2 Hour Drug & Alcohol Awareness, 4 Hour Scaffolding, and 4-hour Flagger. These five courses have a combined classroom time of 48 hours which can be completed over the span of 12 days. These are essential credentials to have in the Construction field and can be used to obtain employment in a variety of jobs for various positions.

Courses: OSHA, Fall Protection, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Scaffolding, Flagger

Time Commitment: 48 hours, 12-day span

Offers: essential credentials and nationally recognized certifications
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Forklift Training

This is a 7-day course taught by Site Safety Solutions. It offers certifications in General Industry OSHA-30 (different from the Construction Package OSHA-30), Forklift Operator, Scissor Lift Operator, and Lockout/ragout. NJRC will fund the course. Participants will get hands-on training for both Fork & Scissor lifts at the Training Center.

Courses: Forklift Safety, TLD Essentials (transportation, logistics, and distribution), OSHA-30, CPR, Job Readiness and Financial Literacy

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours, 2-3 days per week, 3 months

Offers: essential credentials and certifications from New Jersey City University

Electrical Assistant

This is a 5-month course taught by National Career Institute. The course offers both OSHA-30 as well as a certificate of completion from the National Career Institute. The course outline includes Basic Electrical Components & Installation/Lighting and Service Entrance. 

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 1:30 PM, 5 months

Offers: OSHA-30 and EPA Certifications, Certificate of Completion

Culinary Arts

This four-month course is taught by Hudson County Community College and funded through FAFSA grants. The class schedule varies throughout the semester but is typically 2-4 days per week. Participants will earn their Culinary Arts Hot Food Proficiency Certificate from Hudson County Community College. 

Time Commitment: 9 AM - 1:30 PM, 2-4 days per week, four months

Offers: Culinary Arts Hot Food Proficiency Certificate

Peer Recovery Specialist

The Mainstream Recovery CPRS Training is a 46-hour intensive training academy focusing on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. This training meets the education requirements for the New Jersey CPRS credential.

Course: Mainstream Recovery CRPS Training
Time Commitment: 46 hours
Fulfills: Education requirements for the New Jersey CPRS credential

Microsoft Basics

This 4-day course taught by Hudson County Community College is intended to assist participants in obtaining the basic fundamental knowledge necessary to navigate the computer, specifically within Microsoft Windows/Office.

Time Commitment: 4 days

Offers: Microsoft Windows/Office Proficiency

Welding

WELDING This is a 2-3 month course taught by Hudson County Community College. Participants will earn a Welders Certification from the American Welding Society in MIG and TIG Welding areas.

Time Commitment: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 9 AM - 1:30 PM, 2 - 3 months

Offers: Welders Certification from the American Welding Society in MIG and TIG Welding

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

HVAC is a 6-month course taught by the National Career Institute. The course offers both OSHA-30 and EPA certifications to participants as well as a certificate of completion from the National Career Institute.

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 1:30 PM, 5 months

Offers: OSHA-30 and EPA Certifications

Solar Panel Installation

Solar Installation is a 10-day course taught by Solar1. Clients will earn both their Solar PV Installer and Green Construction certifications. 

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 1:30 PM, ten days

Offers: Solar PV Installer and Green Construction Certifications

Solar Panel Sales

Participants will interview with the company Posigen to obtain employment as a Solar Panel Salesperson. They will get paid on-the-job training as they learn the ropes for their career. This is a job - not a "training course." Participants begin their jobs at the Training Center in Kearny, NJ, and transition into a remote working experience from home. 

Offers: Employment as a Solar Panel Salesperson

Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding

Training in the healthcare industry.

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 1:30 PM, 4 months

Offers: Medical Assistant and Medical Billing and Coding Certifications