Tuesday morning at City Hall in Jersey City, Mayor Steven Fulop was joined by Hudson County Commissioner and Elizabeth Development Company Executive Director, William O’Dea in announcing the launch of the “Helmets to Hardhats” program, designed to aid National Guard Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military members in connecting with career and training opportunities in the construction industry, as well as assisting with job placement.
With the $304,000 grant the EDC was awarded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the women and minority veteran program will launch its first initiative in Jersey City to serve Hudson County veterans and is soon set to expand to serve Bergen, Essex and Union Counties.
“We have been very successful in getting women and minorities into construction union apprenticeships and are excited with now having the resources provided by the state to recruit and train military veterans so they too can have a career as a laborer, carpenter, plumber, or truck driver,” said Commissioner O’Dea. “They gave for our country, and now we can give back to them.”
Applications for Helmets to Hardhats are open; veterans interested in applying are encouraged to call 908-289-0262 and ask for Edgar Lopez for more information.