The New Start Career Network (NSCN), a program to serve New Jersey’s older, long-term unemployed job seekers is operated by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, a national policy and research center within the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Since its founding in 1997, the Heldrich Center has been documenting the challenges facing long-term unemployed and older job seekers. These challenges are especially acute in New Jersey, where four in 10 unemployed job seekers—over 125,000 individuals—have been out of work six months or longer.
With support from several private foundations and a wide array of community partners, the Heldrich Center has developed the NSCN to connect New Jersey job seekers to a mix of free-of-charge “high tech” and “high touch” services to help them meet their employment needs and address their personal and financial challenges. These services include job search information and advice, career coaching provided by a network of trained, volunteer coaches, access to education and training, and referrals to mental health and financial advising. We are also engaging public, private, and nonprofit employers to hire qualified NSCN members and reform hiring practices to help New Jersey’s long-term unemployed job seekers. Click here for a copy of the NSCN brochure.
Major funding for NSCN was provided by the Philip and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation with additional support from New Jersey Resources, the Fund for New Jersey, the AARP Foundation, DirectEmployers Association, and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. For more about the Heldrich Center, please visit our website at: www.heldrich.rutgers.edu.
NSCN Advisory Board
Chair of the Advisory Board
Philip D. Murphy
Chairman and Co-Founder,
New Start New Jersey
NJCC Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development
Chairman, President and CEO
Director Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship,
Montclair State University
New Start New Jersey
Chair, NJ Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
President & CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital
Chair, Workforce Readiness
Garden State Council - SHRM
Carlos A. Medina
Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ
NJ State Building & Construction Trades Council.
Executive Vice President
Vice President, Talent Services
Director of Human Resources
UPS—North Atlantic District
Kathy M. Weaver
Vice President of Programs
Global Industry Research Leader
IBM Institute for Business Value
Samuel A. Delgado
Vice President, External Affairs
Verizon New Jersey
Ready to Work Business Collaborative
Enterprise Account Executive
Melanie L. Willoughby
Chief Government Affairs Officer
New Jersey Business and Industry Association