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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
organization, distributed more than $30,000 in grants last month to
Princeton area anti-hunger and anti-poverty agencies
This money was raised through Share Our Strength’s Taste of the
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
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
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
which provides meals, programs, and advocacy services.
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.
Cure, which will be held on Sunday, October 29, at Bristol Myers
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
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.
Award on Thursday, October 5, from the Business Committee for the
Arts, Inc. and Forbes Magazine at the Art Institute of Chicago.
& 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
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
of more than 3,000 works, publishes a quarterly newsletter informing
employees of upcoming exhibitions and special arts programs, and
a guide to area museums and cultural institutions.
Johnson & Johnson has given Rutgers University
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
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
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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