The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to maintaining and improving New Jersey's high-quality workforce. Finding strong employees, after all, is critical to all employers in the Garden State, and employee preparation is critical in a global economy in which most jobs require special training or college diplomas.
The Foundation focuses on improving the workforce readiness curriculum in public schools; increasing employment opportunities for qualified people with disabilities; and stemming the shortage of nurses and nursing facilities in New Jersey. With the support of New Jersey businesses, the Foundation also gets involved in the advocacy and policy work that will produce a New Jersey workforce that can thrive in an increasingly competitive economy.
The program gives students information from the business community to help them prepare for college, work and life. The LearnDoEarn program (Learn More Now, Do More Now, Earn More Later) was created in response to employers' concerns about the limited availability of qualified workers. The Chamber work with students by organizing weeklong career summer camps, career days and by going directly into schools to work with students and help them understand the skills required to succeed in college and the real world.
Disabilities at Work
Working as the New Jersey Business Leadership Network, the Foundation promotes programs aimed at improving employment opportunities for qualified people with disabilities, and supports initiatives that help support people with disabilities for the workplace.
The Robert Wood Johnson New Jersey Nursing Initiative
The Foundation is partnering with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address the anticipated nursing shortage in New Jersey by increasing the number of nursing faculty members in the state. It also runs the Nursing Academic Resource Center of New Jersey, a virtual center that advances the skills of nurses pursuing graduate nursing degrees.