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Educational Provider for Workforce Development Grants

Learn how Ramapo College’s Center for Innovative & Professional Learning (CIPL) can assist you in identifying and applying for financial assistance for which your organization may be eligible through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD).

Grant Money Available

How Does My Organization Apply for an Employer Training Grant?

New Jersey provides organizations with funding to enhance specific job skills that it has found to be in high demand in the near future and that will make a significant contribution to the economic well-being of the state, which the state calls “In-Demand Jobs” and job skills. Ramapo College of New Jersey is an Eligible Training Provider for Workforce Development grants through the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (NJLWD) as well as a number of New York state grantors. The general categories that qualify for NJ Skills Partnership custom training are:

  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Communications, English as a Second Language
  • Business Skills, math
  • Communications Technology
  • Computer Installation/ Programming/ Systems
  • Customer Service
  • Data Processing
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Drafting
  • Facilities Operations
  • Finance
  • HR Management
  • Information Procession
  • ISO
  • Leadership & Management
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • PC Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Purchasing & Procurement
  • Robotics
  • Selling Skills
  • Six Sigma
  • Supervision
  • Team Building
  • Time Management

. . . . and, about 250 more categories

What Kind of Organizations Have Secured NJ State Training Grants?

The following are some of the organizations that were recently awarded NJ Skills Partner training grants by the NJLWD:

  • Bombardier
  • Church & Dwight
  • General Mills
  • Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Johns Manville
  • PSEG
  • Rustoleum
  • Seiko
  • Thermo Fisher
  • Wyndham

How Does It Work?

There are four steps to getting approval and implementing a New Jersey Skills Partnership organizational training grant:

  • Letter of Interest. This alerts the State that you’ll be submitting a grant proposal. Letters of Interest can be submitted throughout the year, and are reviewed and grants awarded four times per year.
  • Grant proposal. This form has to be submitted within a couple of weeks of the Letter of Interest. It details the organizational purpose, how the training will advance the purpose and profitability, number of trainees/programs requested, and a draft budget. The State may return your proposal for revision prior to awarding a grant. Ramapo College’s CIPL is an Eligible Training Provider listed with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and we work with you to write and submit the grant.
  • Grant approval or non-approval. If the State approves some or all of your grant request, it confirms the details of your program including number of trainees, number of programs, budget, grant, schedule, etc. Non-approvals are often communicated with revision suggestions for a re-application.
  • Grant Close-out. The grant will require that you file 1) regular online reports with the State to update your progress toward completion of the grant, and 2) a review of the training results versus the goals set forth in the grant proposal.

How Much Can I Save?

A New Jersey Skills Partnership training grant can cover up to $50,000 in training costs. Once a grant is awarded to your company, the State will reimburse you in one of two ways: Either you will be reimbursed 50% of the employee wages incurred during the training time, or the State will reimburse you for as much as $200 per training hour to cover direct grant-funded training expenses. Savings like this can significantly reduce your overall training costs! Contact us at 201.684.7217 to review the financial details today!

How Do I Start?

You can learn more about training grants and the employee training grant application process at Or, Ramapo’s CIPL is happy to assist you each step of the way, as we have done for a number of organizations that are currently working with us to bring grant-funded training to their employees. Call or e-mail CIPL to get started at (201) 684-7370 or

How Do Individuals Apply for WIOA Educational Training Grants?

If you have been dislocated in your job due to layoff and are receiving unemployment benefits, you may be eligible to receive a Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant. You may apply your WIOA grant dollars to any of Ramapo College’s certificate programs listed on the NJ Eligible Training Providers website at For individuals, these include: Project Management, Hospitality Management, Retail Management and General Management Certificate programs as well as Web Development Certificate (online only*), HTML5 Mobile App Development Certificate (online only*), Yoga Teacher Certification and Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification. *Not all county OneStop offices will approve online courses/programs.

How to Apply for Your Grant:

  1. Make an appointment with your county OneStop counselor. County office locations (after clicking, be sure to scroll down the page).
  2. Visit your county OneStop counselor. Bring these items:
    1. A printed copy of the selected Ramapo College Certificate program web page
    2. A printed copy of the Ramapo College Certificate program description from NJTOPPS.
    3. Other documents if requested by your OneStop counselor.
  3. Apply for the selected Ramapo College Certificate program through the CIPL website: (click on “Purchase Order” as method of payment)
  4. Contact CIPL at 201.684.7370 to let us know that you have been approved by OneStop for a grant (tuition waivers are not accepted).
  5. If you are accepted into the selected Ramapo College Certificate program, CIPL sends an acceptance letter to your counselor with notification that you have been accepted by Ramapo College through the Workforce Development Program.
  6. Your counselor sends a contract to CIPL.
  7. Once approved and registered in the selected program, you receive an email from CIPL with a parking pass and detailed class information approximately 2 days before the first class.

Contact Information:

Center for Innovative and Professional Learning
Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Road, A-216
Mahwah, N.J. 07430
Phone: 201.684.7370