Get employment and training services and help finding a job

FREEHOLD, NJ – There is good news for Fort Monmouth employees who will not be relocating to Maryland. Monmouth County has a team of professionals that is dedicated to finding them jobs and providing re-training opportunities.

The Fort Monmouth One-Stop Resource Center in Eatontown offers displaced workers an array of employment and training services while it searches the county and region for companies that would benefit from Fort Monmouth’s talented and experienced labor pool.

The resource center is a partnership between the Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board, the Monmouth County Economic and Workforce Development’s Division of Employment and Training and the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Begun in December, the center provides counseling, job placement services and training to update skills, earn certifications or even find a new career.

The four-member staff focusing on Fort Monmouth employees and contractors is administering a BRAC National Emergency Grant while other employment counselors continue to provide services to Monmouth County residents. The base closing, scheduled for next year, could cost between 1,000 and 7,000 jobs, said Lawrence Sternbach, the job development specialist.

“We’re focused solely on assisting employees impacted by the closing,” Sternbach said.

The fort’s prized research and development scientists, technicians and support personnel are credited with a long list of achievements and innovations that were produced to support national defense. Many of those innovations – telecommunications, radar, satellite technology – have filtered into the mass market to become mainstays in everyday life.

“The fort’s staff is diverse and extremely talented, and the One-Stop Resource Center is working to ensure that those workers who stay behind will find opportunities to maintain their lifestyle here in Monmouth County,” Freeholder John D’Amico said.

Some have worked at the fort a long time and need only to update their skills or certifications. For those who are unsure what they want to do, training opportunities range from advanced computer skills and medical technology to dog grooming and alternate route teacher training.

Services are free to employees. Businesses that are affected by the closing may also qualify for help from the state Economic Development Authority, which has a long list of programs and services to encourage business growth in New Jersey, he said.

Martin Trucker, an employment counselor with 35 years experience in job training and development, said the center’s main goal is to find suitable jobs or training for fort employees who want to remain in the region.

“We have the experience and resources to provide the services people can use,” Trucker said. “There are training and counseling opportunities, and our goal is to match people with interview opportunities.”

Qualified employees are encouraged to visit the center’s offices at 145 Wyckoff Rd., Eatontown. An appointment is required. Call Marsha Bloomberg at 732-683-8850, extension 2311 for more information.