Teaching Technology

Career Fairs

E-Business Results? 3 of 4 Say Yes

Win-Win Business

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Rail to Manville?

Proposed changes to what is now a 26-mile freight railroad,

called the West Trenton line, will be discussed at an open house on

Wednesday, March 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Department

of Transportation, 1035 Parkway Avenue, Ewing. The following Wednesday,

March 29, a similar meeting at the same times will be at the Hillsborough

Township municipal building, 555 Amwell Road in Neshanic.

The West Trenton line is owned and operated by the CSX Railroad and

used for long distance freight. Under consideration is the possibility

of adding passenger service between West Trenton and Manville, which

could join the Raritan Valley Line west of Bridgewater Station for

travel to Newark. Those taking Septa to and from Philadelphia would

be able to transfer at the West Trenton station. An environmental

assessment is under way. Call Tom Clark, regional manager of

New Jersey Transit, at 973-491-7000 for information, or write to Office

of Community Relations, 1 Penn Plaza East, Newark 07105.

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Teaching Technology

Ever since Governor Christie Whitman decried technology

education in her state of the state address, everyone has been jumping

on that band wagon. Two upcoming conferences will address the issue.

On Thursday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Edison Partnership

and Prosperity New Jersey co-sponsor a meeting at Raritan Valley College.

Nearly 300 people — human resources directors, recruiters, teachers,

college and high school administrators, CEOs of high-tech companies,

and workforce training professionals — are expected to attend.

The conference is free but space is limited. Call 888-9PROSPER or

fax basic information to 609-984-4920 or E-mail: pnj1@gov.state.nj.us.

After the governor’s opening remarks, Joe Seneca, Rutgers University

vice president for academic affairs and chairman of the governor’s

council of economic advisors, joins James Hughes, dean of Rutgers

Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, to discuss "New

Jersey’s New Millennium Demography and Economy: Workforce Implications."

Educators and business people, including Carlos Dominguez of

Cisco Systems, Clyde B. Rush, retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb,

and Lisa Benaroch of Merrill Lynch, will offer a dialogue moderated

by Carl Van Horn, director of the Rutgers John J. Heldrich Center

for Workforce Development.

Successful partnerships between business and academe will be discussed

at breakout sessions during the lunch hour. Among the model programs

are ones from Merrill Lynch with Jersey City Schools, Novo

Nordisk with Fairleigh Dickinson, Pharmaceutical Consortium

with Rutgers Graduate School of Management, Xerox with the Trenton

Public School District, DeVry Institute with Williams Communications

Solutions, and Bell Atlantic, which has been training students

from Mercer County Vocational Schools.

The Technology Educator’s Association has chosen "Connecting With

Our Content" as the theme for another conference on Thursday and

Friday, May 4 and 5, starting at 3:30 p.m. on the first day and 7:30

a.m. on the second day. Scheduled for the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands

in Secaucus, the conference costs $95 for one day or $145 for both

days. Call Marcie Horowitz at 732-536-2114.

Among the sponsors are the New Jersey Business and Industry Association,

the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Electrical

and Electronics Engineers, and New Jersey Technology Council.

Among the 35 teacher presentations and vendor’s workshops are those

in digital video editing, solar house design, arctic transportation,

computer-aided design and modeling, robotics and microcontrollers,

elementary invention convention, and energy facts and usage.

Harry Roman, technology development and transfer consultant

for PSE&G, will deliver the luncheon keynote, "Stimulating Technology

Projects for Your Classroom."

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Career Fairs

On the same day as the conference at Raritan Valley

College — Thursday, March 30 — Mercer College will hold a

Career Day. Though there is no more space for employers (60 will be

represented), jobhunters can attend for free. It will be in the student

center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Some places are still available at Raritan Valley College’s Career

Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 2 to 5 p.m. at the college

in North Branch. Carrie Rafanello, career counselor and fair

coordinator, says that 35 companies have signed up and an equal number

are tentative. Call 908-526-1200, extension 8334, to reserve a table.

Raritan Valley’s fair is free to employers.

Four workshops will be offered on Monday, April 17 and 24, and Tuesday,

April 18 and 25, at various times. The workshops will cover interviewing

skills, how to dress for success, networking at a career fair, and

resume writing.

"Past career fairs at RVCC have been successful for both companies

and attendees," says Rafanello. "This year we want to increase

the number of participating companies and increase public participation

so we can serve a larger portion of our community."

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E-Business Results? 3 of 4 Say Yes

A newly-released study by Information Week Research

called "Redefining Business 2000: E-Success," reveals greater

business success among companies that adopted at least three out of

four ambitious E-business strategies: implementing new customer-facing

information systems; transforming legacy electronic processes to E-business

models; refining value or supply chains; and reinventing corporate

culture around E-business.

The study was based on 600 interviews with IT and business-titled

executives. Roughly three-quarters of the companies deeply committed

to E-commerce or a presence on the Web said that their initiatives

gave them a competitive advantage, improved customer satisfaction,

reduced operating costs, generated new sources of revenue, created

new markets for products, and ultimately increased profits.

Many companies are still in the earliest stage of developing an E-business

strategy, but if you are wondering how to approach E-business, you’ll

want to make it to Technology New Jersey’s conference, "E-Commerce

and ERP: Building the Foundation for the New Millennium," on Friday,

April 7, at the Newark Marriott. Cost: $199. Call 609-419-4444 or

go to www.technologynj.org.

The conference is sponsored by Osprey (www.ospreyUS.com), J.D. Edwards

(www.jdedwards.com), United Parcel Service (www.ups.com), Commerce

One (www.commerceone.com), Bristlecone (www.bcone.com), and Informatica

(www.informatica.com).

ERP 2000 speakers include Mark Rhoney, president, UPS e-Ventures;

Jonathan Lofton, senior manager, supply chain excellence, and

Angela King-Durgin, supply chain management and engineering

director, Lucent Technologies; Dave Rizzo, CEO, Osprey; Gordy

Smouther, strategic commodity procurement, PSE&G; Mark Goebel,

director of HR information management, Hoffmann-LaRoche; Jim Katzenberger,

vice president of business development, Bristlecone; Karl Kaeten,

district technical consulting manager, Informatica, Mark

Peterson, director of E-Business strategies, J.D. Edwards; Srinivas

Rajan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, consultant for Warner-Lambert; Frank

Meyers, E-Business Solutions Practice, Osprey.

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Win-Win Business

<D>T. Joseph Semrod, chairman, CEO, and president

of Summit Bancorp, says he is not trying to be charitable, but two

recent programs may nevertheless help those in the minority community.

Last week the bank launched a Partnership Program, in which it will

join state agencies and a private company to encourage contracts and

capital going to minorities and women.

Last month it joined the Concerned Pastors & Ministers of Trenton

and Vicinity to set up a "preferred bank" arrangement for

20,000 members of 34 churches. The churches will recommend the bank

and the bank will offer preferred interest rates on loans.

The churches will also forward job applications to the bank. This

is theoretically a service to the applicant, but in today’s job market,

bank hiring officers are going to be very happy to see each and every

one of those applications.

The most recent deal, the Partnership Program, will expedite "set-aside

contracts" for work done by such agencies as NJ Transit, the Port

Authority, and Bell Atlantic. Set-aside contracts call for a percentage

of any construction work done by these agencies to be contracted out

to businesses owned by minorities or women. But it isn’t always easy

for these businesses to get up-front funding. That’s where the Summit

program will kick in. It will partner with the New Jersey Economic

Development Authority to finance these contracts.

"This is not about charity or going to church on Sunday,"

said Semrod. "It’s really about looking at these underserved communities

and how to serve them better."

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SBA Loans to Women

Loans to women business owners increased by one-third

over the past five months (October to February) reports the U.S. Small

Business Administration New Jersey District Office. "Women business

owners account for 19 percent of the total SBA loans approved this

year," says Francisco A. Marrero, SBA district director.

"Our goal is to increase the amount of loans to women entrepreneurs

to 25 percent of our overall total."

For information on programs for women entrepreneurs call the SBA district

office at 973-645-24334 or go to www.sba.gov or the SBA Online

Women’s Business Center at www.onlinewbc.org. SBA resource partners

include the NJ Association of Women Business owners (www.njawbo.org),

the NJ Small Business Development Center (www.nj.com/njsbdc) and

the Service Corps of Retired Executives (www.Score.org).


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