EATONTOWN, NJ – Thirty-five Monmouth County One-Stop Career Center alumni were recognized at a luncheon ceremony held at the Sheraton on Oct. 28.
“You should all be very proud of yourselves,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, who addressed the honorees at the awards luncheon. “Each of you 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 have 35 success stories and you are ready to write your next chapters.”
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 2015 alumni are chef, land surveyor, certified home health aide, dental assistant, medical assistant, nurse’s aide, administrative assistant, building maintenance technician, marketing professional and truck driver.
Assemblywoman Caroline Cassagrande spoke to the graduates and said, “What you have accomplished is amazing. You have enlisted the assistance of mentors and resources while juggling schedules and priorities; you know have set a new course for your future.”
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 significant 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 centerpieces of the system are the two comprehensive One-Stop Career Centers,” said Fran Keane, 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 Training is 732-683-8850.
The graduates were congratulated by their friends and family as well as State Assemblywoman Caroline Cassagrande, members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Monmouth County Workforce Development Board, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the County’s Division of Employment and Training staff and other community partners.
Sponsorships and donations from County businesses and services help make the recognition event possible: CentraState Medical Center (Gold Sponsor); New Jersey Natural Gas Company (Gold Sponsor); Beacon Health Social Services (Silver Sponsor); and BoothJL & Associates, LLC (Bronze Sponsor).
*List of honorees
2015 One Stop Alumni are:
Rajon Baxter – Asbury Park
Cindy Berman - Freehold
Christopher Burke – Tinton Falls
William Butler – Ocean Grove
Nicole Cavaluzzi – Spring Lake Heights
Eric Cheavers - Howell
Michael Cofone - Wall
Mary DeMaria - Keyport
Barbara Gibney - Freehold
Rosalinda Gonzalez - Aberdeen
Karen Hill - Howell
Linda Johnson - Neptune
Anita Livingston - Wall
Maritza Lugo - Freehold
Jonathan Mattaliano – Long Branch
Pamela Maurer-Egner - Shrewsbury
Stephanie Mindingall – Asbury Park
Robert Mitchell – Tinton Falls
Fabio Oliveira – Ocean Township
Emilia Ottinger - Middletown
Travis Patterson – Long Branch
David Pierce - Red Bank
Terri Puryear - Neptune
Shelly Reed - Matawan
Victoria Reed – Ocean Township
Iris Sanchez - Neptune
Yolander Sanders – Long Branch
Susan Seide - Oceanport
Karen Sesny – Red Bank
Frank Sisto - Keyport
John Trimmer - Ocean Township
Crystal Wilkes – Asbury Park
Joyce Wynn – Long Branch