Research Topics

Disability Employment

The NTAR Leadership Center, housed at the Heldrich Center and established in September 2007, was a collaboration of partners with expertise in workforce development, disability and employment, economic development, financial education and benefits planning, and leadership development. The NTAR Leadership Center's mission is to increase the employment and economic independence of adults with disabilities by promoting engaged and sustained leadership and partnerships within and among states. Key strategies and initiatives undertaken by the Center included:

The Heldrich Center is currently evaluating a federally funded Workforce Innovations Grant that was awarded to the Newark Workforce Investment Board (NWIB) with the purpose of enhancing accountability and performance management in its workforce system in an effort to improve employment outcomes for Newark job seekers. The Center, from 2012 to 2016, is conducting a process evaluation of the implementation of project services, as well as an outcomes analysis with a focus on the pay-for-performance system for Newark One-Stop Career Center managers.

The Heldrich Center is collaborating with the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations to evaluate the New Jersey Health Professionals Pathways to Regional Excellence Program (NJ-PREP) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant that has been awarded to Bergen Community College from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Heldrich Center is currently evaluating Essex County College’s implementation of information technology programs in the areas of cybersecurity, health information technology, and software development under a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

In 2015, the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education engaged the Heldrich Center to provide data consultation and project management assistance to the state in managing the grant responsibilities and activities of the State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) project. The State of New Jersey was awarded a grant in 2012 from the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen its collaborative efforts by linking the various education sectors to form a more seamless view of the state’s P-20W landscape.