Gottheimer Joins Roundtable to Close North Jersey Job Skills Gap, Expand STEM Opportunities

"NEWTON, NJ -  Tuesday, January 21, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), along with Sussex County Community College (SCCC), Thorlabs, and New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, hosted a roundtable to discuss ongoing cooperation to close the middle-skill jobs gap in North Jersey, to identify federal investment opportunities to expand STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) training, and to continue the public-private partnerships supporting SCCC’s optics technology programs."

"Sussex County Community College recently established a new optical technology certificate program, with support from local technology leaders in producing curriculum and recruiting interested applicants. Discussions at today’s roundtable focused on expanding the talent pipeline for optical technology jobs and their national security applications. 

“Coming together for these crucial discussions is foundational for making sure North Jersey and its workforce can adapt to the demands of businesses of all sizes in 2020 and in the future,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “One of the great challenges of our time and in our community, for me, is protecting and creating good-paying jobs in every sector of the economy. Schools of all types, but especially vocational and technical schools, are essential to training the workforce and the citizens of tomorrow. We’re incredibly blessed here in North Jersey to have some of the best schools and teachers in the country, including here at Sussex County Community College -- and especially with the Optics Technology associate degree SCCC now offers."