Research Topics

Education & Training

The Heldrich Centered conducted a study of WorkFirst New Jersey (WFNJ), the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare-to-work program between June and December 2017. This six-month study provided recommendations and a plan of action to strengthen the employment and training components of WFNJ.

In 2017, the Heldrich Center was asked by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) to conduct an implementation assessment of the Secretary’s signature initiative — the New Jersey Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Pathways Network (NJSPN), an effort developed to provide New Jersey’s students with STEM education and experiences they need to succeed in college, career, and life.

From 2012-2014, the Heldrich Center was part of a large multi-partner effort to develop a national “Transit Virtual Career Network” for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program.

In 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted research to understand the demand for green jobs in New Jersey and to assess the development of education and training programs to meet this demand.

Since 2000, the Heldrich Center has been working with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to provide performance information about publicly funded education and training provided by public and private education and training providers located in New Jersey.