RIVER EDGE, N.J.— The New Jersey Council of County Colleges recently presented its 2016 Community College Spirit Award to Hudson County Workforce Development Board Executive Director John Fugazzie for his exemplary support of New Jersey’s community colleges.
“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said college chair Helen Albright.
Fugazzie was recognized for his role as the founder of Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA and working with the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development to provide job training and job placement to long-term unemployed New Jerseyans as part of the Ready to Work New Jersey initiative. Last year, the Workforce Consortium was awarded a $10 million federal grant for New Jersey and a matching $2 million grant from New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Ready to Work New Jersey’s goal is to help 1,000 long-term unemployed New Jerseyans find their way back in to the work force in the next four years.
The Workforce Consortium, established in 2004, is a central one-stop contact that develops and delivers education and training programs to New Jersey businesses, agencies and organizations. Since its inception, it has trained more than 154,000 employees at more than 7,000 New Jersey businesses.
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA Inc. is an all volunteer-led job search networking and support group organization that is responsible for helping members find employment.
Fugazzie has become one of the country's leading experts in job search training and career education. He has been extremely active nationally, providing mentoring to job-seekers, career management advice for those who have jobs, a wide range of business consulting services, technical advice, and marketing services for non-profit organizations.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.