The Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network at Stockton University and the college’s Office of Continuing Studies have partnered with JEVS Human Services and a number of organizations to manage the Atlantic County Opportunity Youth Collaborative, a new initiative to train young adults for careers in the hospitality and tourism industry.
The $300,000 grant-funded program is open to youth ages 18 to 24 who are not currently attending school and meet financial requirements. Applicants without a high school diploma are encouraged to apply, as this program will help individuals earn their high school equivalency through completion of training. > Request enrollment information here.
“The Opportunity Youth Collaborative is a new tactic for Atlantic County, celebrating partnerships between academia and human services for training and supportive services, while engaging employers to develop a customized, job ready workforce, based on their needs,” said Stephanie Koch, senior vice president, strategic and business development at JEVS Human Services.
This program’s goal is to lift Atlantic County’s young people into opportunities for self-sufficiency, thanks to career pathways within the hospitality industry. At the same time, the focus is on breaking the cycle of poverty, targeting at-risk young adults, who stand to be the next generation of employees in the regional workforce.
“The Opportunity Youth Collaborative has strong interest from local casinos and restaurateurs, who have pledged to support the program by providing job shadowing and internship opportunities, and have committed to interviewing and hiring qualified program graduates,” said Stacy Forman, director of the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network at Stockton.
JEVS was recently awarded “Community Partner of the Year” at the New Jersey Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Talent Network Summit. The Summit was attended by regional employers such as Wawa, Walmart, and ShopRite, members of state government, as well as all Southern NJ county community colleges, workforce development boards, and chambers of commerce.