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Bus to 8A Helps in Hiring

How to hire and keep entry level shift workers: Provide

transportation. Soon employers at Exit 8A will get government

assistance

for this purpose. The Mercer County Workforce Investment Board and

Greater Mercer TMA have set up a bus service, called Wheels to Work,

to provide transportation to jobs along Route 130 and Exit 8A.

Wheels to Work will run during commuting hours and will even

accommodate

those on late shifts. It starts at the Hamilton train station and

will operate from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to midnight.

"The county had an extensive planning process to determine that

low-income county residents couldn’t get to the entry level jobs at

Exit 8A," says Sandra Brillhart of Greater Mercer

Transportation

Management Association.

Among those employers holding their breaths, waiting for the bus,

are Wakefern, BASF, Coca Cola, Barnes & Noble, and various staffing

agencies. "The interest was overwhelming," says Cathy

Tramontana,

executive director, Mercer Workforce Investment Board.

"The grant is aimed at getting transit mobility to that side of

the county, and also at helping individuals from WorkFirst New Jersey

get to their jobs," says Tramontana. The one-year "Jobs Access

and Reverse Commute Grant" of $300,000 was provided through

Federal

Transportation Administration through NJTransit. Some of the funds

came from a welfare to work fund.

"Because it is a combination grant," says Tramontana, "our

buses are available to anyone who wants to ride, not just

welfare-to-work

recipients." Those on a WorkFirst New Jersey program will use

a special bus pass, but everyone else will pay $1 per trip.

Two 26-passenger buses are supposed to start routes early in October.

The bus can also be used for healthcare and shopping visits; it leaves

from the Hamilton Rail Station and stops at Five Points, the Ames

Center, Horizon Center, East Windsor Town Center, RWJ Hospital at

Hamilton, and the industrial parks at Exit 8A. Geared to serve shift

workers, the last bus will leave South Brunswick at around 11 p.m.

and get back to the Hamilton train station around midnight.

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Corporate Angels

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Janssen Pharmaceutica gave important

support to September’s Mercer County American Heart Walk which raised

nearly $240,000 for the American Heart Association. The chapter will

sponsor the first-ever mass CPR training event on Saturday, April

28, at the College of New Jersey (www.americanheart.org) or call

800-AHA-USA1.

Share Our Strength , the national anti-hunger and anti-poverty

organization, distributed more than $30,000 in grants last month to

Princeton area anti-hunger and anti-poverty agencies

(www.strength.org).

This money was raised through Share Our Strength’s Taste of the

Nation,

the nation’s largest culinary benefit to fight hunger. One hundred

percent of all ticket proceeds from the event support local, state,

national, and international organizations. This year, Share Our

Strength’s

Taste of the Nation, presented nationally by American Express

and Williams-Sonoma Inc., raised more than $4.7 million.

The Princeton event raised more than $52,000 to fight hunger and

poverty.

Grant recipients were Homefront (www.homefrontnj.org), which

works for homeless families to return them to an independent life;

Isles, an organization that addresses critical housing, environmental,

community, and youth issues; Mercer Street Friends, an agency that

provides for the basic needs of the poor; and Trenton Area Soup

Kitchen,

which provides meals, programs, and advocacy services.

Wild Oats Community Market donated $799.40 (five percent

of its sales for one day last month) to HiTops, the Princeton-based

non-profit organization offering educational programs to area teens

about their sexuality and reproductive health. The day was part of

a company-wide giving program. HiTops provides quality educational

programs on HIV/AIDS, date rape drugs, responsible decision-making

for prevention of teen pregnancy, and more.

PNC Bank gave $10,000 to Komen New Jersey’s Race for the

Cure, which will be held on Sunday, October 29, at Bristol Myers

Squibb

on Route 206 in Lawrenceville. PNC Bank will also sponsor a

water station at the one-mile mark of the man’s and women’s 5K races

and Health Walk, and provide 50 employee volunteers to assist with

race activities.

United Way of Greater Mercer County was given $200,000

from the Williams Company, an energy and high-technology company

based in Texas. The company will have contributed another $6 million

by the end of the employees’ 2,000-mile bike ride, which began last

week in West Windsor, and will end at the Williams’ headquarters in

Houston. United Way of Greater Mercer County is a community-based

organization which mobilizes community resources to meet local health

and human care needs.

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J&J Grants

Johnson & Johnson of New Brunswick will receive a Commitment

Award on Thursday, October 5, from the Business Committee for the

Arts, Inc. and Forbes Magazine at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Johnson

& Johnson supports "The Artist As Catalyst" program, which

places artists in communities around the state to work with residents

to create large-scale public works of art. The company contributed

to the construction and opening festivities of the New Jersey

Performing

Arts Center (NJPAC) and underwrites performances by the New Jersey

Symphony Orchestra. It also studies, promotes, exhibits, and preserves

the art produced by mentally disabled artist. It manages an art

collection

of more than 3,000 works, publishes a quarterly newsletter informing

employees of upcoming exhibitions and special arts programs, and

produces

a guide to area museums and cultural institutions.

Johnson & Johnson has given Rutgers University $550,000

to fund a new undergraduate research fellowship, eight ongoing or

expanded project fellowships, a previously established research awards

program, and help underwrite the cost of six new projects. Some of

the projects being funded include the university’s Center for Children

and Childhood Services, the Rutgers Women in Neuroscience program,

the Discovery Research Awards project, the university’s pre-doctoral

fellowships in neuroimmunology, pharmaceutics, biotechnology, and

neuroscience, and a series of speakers at Rutgers on health and

medical

topics.

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Women’s Issues: MBAs and Jobs

The main reasons why women fail to pursue an MBA are

the lack of role models and lack of encouragement from employers,

according to a study released by Catalyst and The University of

Michigan

Business School and its Center for the Education of Women. The study,

to assess attitudes toward a business education and the MBA degree,

was based on surveys of groups of high-performing women undergraduates

and women in other graduate programs,

Around 80 percent of both men and women MBAs see themselves as having

job assignments that provide visibility with senior management, the

survey said. Men and women MBAs who have continually worked since

gaining their MBA have virtually identical promotion rates, though

only 29 percent of women have worked continuously since gaining their

degrees. To make business a more desirable goal for women, companies

must work to enhance career outcomes for women MBAs, the report said.


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