Workers worried by shutdown encouraged to seek employment help

FREEHOLD, NJ – If you or your business is adversely impacted by the closing of Fort Monmouth, the Monmouth County Division of Employment and Training wants to hear from you.

Help is available not only for fort employees and Department of Defense civilians or contractors who will lose their job as a result of the closure, but also for anyone who is affected. That includes other local businesses and workers who relied on the fort.

“We’re here to help you find your next job,” said Larry Sternbach, a member of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) team at the One-Stop Career Center for the Monmouth County Division of Employment and Training.

The first step is calling the One-Stop Resource Center. A dedicated BRAC employment counselor will meet with you and create an individual employment plan. You can even get a free  career training program through the National Emergency Grant fund. Sternbach and the team also help people navigate the many job search tools and resources available to them.

Sternbach also contacts local businesses and companies in the region, encouraging them to seek out the talented and skilled professionals who will be without a job when the fort closes later this year. His team has come up with a slogan called, “Think Fort First,” which asks companies to consider fort employees whenever they have a job opening.

“We work every day to build relationships with area businesses,” Sternbach said. “We call our local employers, search their Web sites for job listings, and meet with them at their offices, job fairs and networking events.”

Fort employees can contact Marsha Bloomberg at 732-683-8850 x 2311 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Fort Monmouth One-Stop Resource Center to make an appointment or for more information.

The Monmouth County Division of Employment and Training is located at 145 Wyckoff Rd., Suite 201 Eatontown. The telephone number is 732-683-8850.