Disability Employment, Dislocated Workers, Higher Education/Community Colleges, Long-term Unemployment, Older Workers, Program Evaluation, Reemployment
Maria Heidkamp, a Senior Researcher at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, is involved in research and technical assistance projects on issues affecting dislocated workers, older workers, the long-term unemployed, and persons with disabilities. She is currently researching promising community college-employer partnership models and career pathways initiatives. She is also conducting several evaluations of programs to help the long-term unemployed and adults with disabilities. Before joining the Heldrich Center, Ms. Heidkamp worked overseas for the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Agency for International Development as the director of the Labor Market Transition Project in Hungary and served as a technical advisor on dislocated workers, customized training and economic development in transition economies. She has worked as a policy analyst for the National Governors Association covering a range of workforce issues and served as director of the Wisconsin Labor-Management Council. She has a degree in government from Cornell University and was awarded the first Random House Publishing Studies fellowship at New York University, where she earned a Master's degree.