Report Authors: Rebecca Kolins Givan and Pamela Whitefield   In the past few years, public schools in Vermont have been at the center of far-reaching policy debates and numerous administrative changes. Key initiatives have included a massive reorganization of schools and school districts, the restructuring of employees’ benefits, and proposals to reduce educators’ rights on the job. All of this upheaval is taking place in the context of a growing statewide opioid epidemic, rising student loan debt and increasing economic insecurity and child poverty.   ... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 5, 2018) – The number of New Jersey adults taking the high school equivalency test plunged from nearly 17,000 in 2013 to fewer than 9,000 in 2015 and 2016 after the exam underwent sweeping changes, according to a report by the Center for Women and Work at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. The number of New Jerseyans who passed the test and received a diploma dropped from nearly 11,000 to fewer than 5,000 during that same span. (Full report here) “This does not bode well for the state’s poorest residents,” said Karen White, Director of... read more

By Steve Flamisch NBC New York and newsrooms across New Jersey reported on the launch of our Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) apprenticeship program, an important step in the state’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Administered by the New Jersey Healthcare Talent Development Center in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, the new program will provide free classroom instruction and paid on-the-job training to approximately 200 New Jerseyans in 2018. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Rutgers President Robert Barchi unveiled the state’s $1.... read more

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 12, 2017) – The New Jersey Healthcare Talent Development Center at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) will receive $1.3 million in state funding to launch the nation’s first-ever apprenticeship program for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, an important step in New Jersey’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Governor Chris Christie, Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Aaron Fichtner, Rutgers President Robert Barchi, and Rutgers SMLR Interim Dean Adrienne Eaton made the announcement Tuesday at the Livingston... read more