Mercer County Community College’s Center for Training and Development has assisted in securing more than $300,000 in training grants from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development for six area businesses and nonprofit organizations.

According to the school, the grants will provide staff training classes to boost employee skills and bolster the employees’ ability to manage change. Classes will run for one year and will include leadership, supervision, communications, customer service, computer training, ESL or Spanish, and quality initiatives.

Grant recipients are:

Perceptive Informatics, a clinical interactive voice and web response system for the pharmaceutical industry, based on Millstone Road in East Windsor;

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, based on Roszel Road;

SES Americom, a telecommunications company on Research Way;

TRI/Princeton, a nonprofit R&D firm on Prospect Avenue, formerly known as Textile Research Institute;

The Martin House, a Trenton-based social services nonprofit; and

The Hibbert Group, the Trenton-based direct marketing services firm.

The CTD is also the lead agency for a grant to 12 nonprofit organizations. According to CTD director Elaine Weinberg, the center helps organizations determine their training needs and then writes grant proposals for them, at no cost to the companies.

“Having well-trained employees increases the value of a company immediately,” Weinberg says. “This is an opportunity to save the bottom line by building a stronger workforce.”

For more information about the Center for Training and Development visit www.mccc.edu/services_ctd.shtml.

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