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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:26 am

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak to establish college programs preparing students to work in the state’s manufacturing industry was recently approved by an Assembly panel.

The bill establishes the “Higher Education Manufacturing Grant Program,” to create or expand programs and curricula in the fields of manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, and advanced manufacturing. The Secretary of Higher Education will administer the program.

The secretary will establish selection criteria and will award grants through a competitive process based upon review to the applications and subject  to fund availability. 

“Increasing job growth and remaining competitive means we must be aware of how critically important it is for manufacturers to have access to employees with an advanced skill set,” said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland). “A workforce that is able to fill these jobs is vital to spurring economic growth. Supporting and encouraging manufacturing and education programs will do exactly that.”

 Under the bill, the program will be funded by the “Higher Education Manufacturing Grant Fund,” created within the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. The fund will by annually credited with money appropriated by the state, corporate donors, private sector support or federal funds which become available for higher education and manufacturing purposes.

The bill was released by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee on May 7.

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