WIB recognizes 29 who completed training, work toward brighter future

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Twenty-nine Monmouth County One-Stop Career Center alumni were recognized at a luncheon ceremony held at Branches on Oct. 17. 

Each alumnus achieved a training or educational goal that has led to his or her successful entry or re-entry into the workforce. Among the new career paths of the 2013 alumni are dialysis technician, youth development counselor, medical assistant, patient care associate and certified housing counselor.

“You should all be very proud of yourselves,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, liaison to the WIB and the County’s Division of Employment and Training. “You all have worked really hard to make changes in your lives and because of your determination, coupled with the support you found at the One Stop Career Center, we are now looking at 29 success stories.”

A number of students told their personal stories and expressed their gratitude for the assistance they received at a One-Stop Center. Several students highlighted the accomplishments and challenges of overcoming personal issues on the way to finding new careers. 

The One-Stop system is a working partnership of every publicly funded state and local agency in Monmouth County that supports employment and training. 

The graduates were congratulated by their friends and family as well as members of the Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County’s Division of Employment and Training staff and other community partners.

“The centerpieces of the system are the two comprehensive One-Stop Career Centers,” said John Gagliano, Chairman of the WIB. “The One-Stop centers help unemployed and underemployed individuals improve their marketability through employment counseling, skill and experience assessment and literacy and vocational training.”

The County’s One-Stop Career Centers are located in Eatontown at 145 Wyckoff Rd., Suite 201 and in Neptune at 60 Taylor Ave. The main telephone number for the County’s Division of Employment and Trainingis 732-683-8850.

Donations from County businesses and services help make the recognition event possible. Silver Sponsors were: Jersey Central Power & Light and New Jersey Natural Gas; Bronze Sponsors were AcuteCare Health System, Advantage Career Institute, Inc., EisnerAmper LLP, EPS Corporation and McLoone’s Restaurants.

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*List of honorees attached.

2013 One Stop Alumni are:

Kathleen Agresto, Eatontown

Jimena Alvarado, Lincroft

James Bozza, Howell

Ashley Brittain, Red Bank

Cordelia Bullock, Neptune

Rahkell Byers, Asbury Park

Marylou Caputo, Leonardo

Kevin A. Dawson, Asbury Park

Shavon Doster, Freehold

Hans Egger, Englishtown

Rahzier Gary, Red Bank

Aimee Gaudio, Ocean

Ashley Goldstein, Port Monmouth

Kimberly Gracon, Freehold

Lori Iacono, Wall

Linda Lejda, Morganville

Paris Lewis, Long Branch

James Macklin, Jr., Asbury Park

Lisa Martin, Howell

Debra Matthews, Oakhurst

Shea Murray, Matawan

John Nevins, Little Silver

Sandra Perez, Tinton Falls

Ashley Peterson, Long Branch

Lynette Pressley, Tinton Falls

Carmen Rodriguez, Ocean

Rodney Santos, Toms River

Stephanie Thomas, Red Bank

Charles Tucceri, Tinton Falls