Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment

The Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment is comprised of the Division of Training and Employment, Workforce Investment Board, and the Division of Housing and Community Development.

The Division of Training and Employment, Workforce Investment Board and the One-Stop System is located at 50 South Clinton Street in East Orange. These programs provide essential case management services, education and training opportunities, workforce planning and development, and job placement assistance.

Division of Training and Employment

Division of Training and Employment provides workforce development opportunities to TANF and GA/ABAWD clients in addition to case management services.

The Division of Training and Employment administers a wide range of Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) activities targeting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), and Able Body Adult without Dependent (ABAWD) clients. The Division provides essential services and opportunities to clients to form a coordinated One-Stop System with support from the Division of Welfare, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

  • Assessment and Training Referrals
  • Job Search / Job Readiness Preparation
  • Administers Community Work Experience Program (CWEP)
  • Supported Assistance to Individuals & Families (SAIF)
  • Adult Basic Education Services
  • Transportation Assistance to Clients
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Career Resource Center
  • GED Testing Center
  • Program for Parents

Essex County Environmental Center Part-Time Program Assistant

 

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD / ONE-STOP SYSTEM

The Workforce Investment Board (WIB), in concert with the County Executive, is a policy-making body on workforce development and is mandated by the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Represented by a diverse group of stakeholders in the private and public sector, the Board is responsible for developing strategies and policies to form a seamless, coordinated One-Stop System for an array of educational, employment and training programs that will meet the current and future demands of Essex County employers.

Workforce Investment Board/One-Stop System provides employment training development planning and offers training opportunities to dislocated workers and out of school youth.

Essex County Workforce Investment Board 3 Year Strategic Plan

2014 BOARD MEMBERS

COMMITTEES:

  • Business and Economic Development Committee
  • Disability Committee
  • Education-Literacy Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • One-Stop Partners/ Welfare to Work Operations Committee
  • Welfare-to-Work Committee
  • Youth Investment Council

The One-Stop System consists of critical workforce elements, including the Division of Training and Employment, Workforce Investment Board (WIB), the Department of Citizen Services, community-based literacy providers and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, to form the One-Stop Career Center located at 50 South Clinton Street, East Orange, New Jersey.

Division of Housing and Community Development

Division of Housing and Community Development offers housing development assistance and community development block grant opportunities to qualified organizations in various towns and municipalities, First Time Homebuyer Program, and Home Improvement Program (HIP).

The Division of Housing and Community Development provides a choice of housing and community development services for projects in various participating municipalities throughout Essex County. The Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP) is funded through the HOME Investment Partnership Program of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provides deferred payment loans to extremely low, very low and low income households who need assistance (i.e. closing cost, down payment) to purchase a home, townhouse, condominium or a duplex. The Home Improvement Program is funded through the Community Development Block Grant Program and offers deferred loans to low- to moderate- income homeowners to make improvements on heating system, roofing, plumbing, electrical and code violation abatements.

Participants must meet program procedures and income guidelines.

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT
50 South Clinton Street, East Orange, NJ 07018 – Suite 5400
(T) 973-395-8400 ~ (F) 973-395-8493

Director Anibal Ramos
(T) 973-395-8400 (F) 973-395-8493


Chief Financial Officer
(T) 973-395-8400 (F) 973-395-8493

DIVISION OF TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT

50 South Clinton Street, East Orange, NJ 07018 – Suite 3100


Director/Exec. Dir., Workforce Development Board Sam Okparaeke
(T) 973-395-5827 (F) 973-395-5798
Sam.Okparaeke@dol.nj.gov


Deputy Director Julius Montford
(T) 973-395-5732 (F) 973-395-5731
julius.monford@dol.nj.gov


ONE STOP UNIT
(T) 973-395-2869 (F) 973-395-2864


Contract Management Josette Van Dyke
(T) 973-395-8603 (F) 973-395-8649
jvandyke@dedte.essexcountynj.org

DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

20 Crestmont Road Verona, NJ 07044
or


Director George F. Serio, Jr.
(T) 973-655-0200 (F) 973-655-0983
gserio@essexhcd.com