Beginning on Wednesday, March 1, both Mercer County Community College and Middlesex County College will offer literacy courses for workers employed in small businesses thanks to a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The courses are designed to help train employees of small and medium-sized transportation and distribution, health care, hospitality, and food service companies in Middlesex County. They include mathematics, English as a second language, computer skills, work readiness, literacy, and communication skills.

The courses may prepare workers for enrollment in technical skill programs available.

In the Middlesex program, participants must be workers employed 30 hours or more per week by a business in Middlesex County. For more information call 732-548-6000.

The MCCC program operates in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It targets employees of small- and medium-sized Mercer County companies in fields such as transportation and distribution, health care, hospitality, landscaping, custodial and building services, food service, and maintenance and repair.

MCCC will offer classes at both its campuses. At the James Kerney campus in downtown Trenton, the offerings will be basic skills math, English as a second language (ESL) I and II, and work readiness. Classes offered at the West Windsor campus will include ESL I, basic communications, and a PC Skills series (Windows, Word Processing, Internet and E-mail). Classes at both campuses will be offered in the early morning or evening, and additional times may be arranged depending on need.

“These courses will provide critical skills necessary to improve workers’ on-the-job performance and open up opportunities for them to advance on the job,” said MCCC’s acting president Thomas N. Wilfrid in a prepared statement. “In addition, the courses will help participants gain the literacy skills they need to enroll in any of the technical skills programs available at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.”

Participants must be employed 30 hours or more per week by a business in Mercer County. Contact Lynn Coopersmith at 609-586-4800 ext. 3241, or E-mail coopersl@mccc.edu.

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