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Job Training Event to Help the Unemployed Held at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 17, 2015

Mahwah, N.J. – Net-a-Porter, Ramapo College and JerseyOn partnered recently to bring together various sectors to help the unemployed better their job-searching skills and hopefully find jobs. The event held on Ramapo College’s campus on August 11, was spearheaded by Mahwah Mayor Bill LaForet in an effort to strengthen Mahwah’s business community.

The event included free workshops by Ramapo College on creating a résumé, developing interview skills and starting a LinkedIn profile. JerseyOn provided advice to participants on applying for jobs online as well as other digital literacy skills. The Net-a-Porter Group, a luxury online retailer, purchased hot spot devices for all participants and presented information about the company and jobs that are currently available.

“Ramapo College has a vital interest in connecting with the community who look to us for training,” said Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer. “I am proud that Ramapo has been given the opportunity to work with Net-a-Porter, JerseyOn and Mahwah’s Mayor for this program. We believe that sharing our professional expertise among those who need it most in an academic environment designed for learning is an important part of the College’s mission.”

Approximately 50 participants attended the event.

“I see this program as a collaborative effort to empower those in our community who may not have the same resources available to them,” stated Joanne Bennett, Head of Human Resources for Net-a-Porter. “This partnership is ensuring that Mahwah remains at the forefront as a town recognized for supporting businesses and the economy by bringing jobs to the area and helping unemployed across the spectrum into work.  Employing great people from our area who would not otherwise have had that chance is something that I am very proud to be a part of.”

According to JerseyOn Executive Director Kurt Peluso, low-income Americans, seniors and minorities disproportionately find themselves “on the wrong side of the digital divide, excluded from the $8 trillion dollar global Internet economy. Thanks to Net-a-Porter’s effort to connect those seeking employment, we will be able to assist many of our unemployed.”

Mayor Laforet said, “Bringing these partners together to create a loyal workforce through this program is compelling. It’s good business for Mahwah, and it shows the dedication to the community.”



About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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