LINCROFT, NJ (Oct. 3, 2014) – Brookdale Community College will offer new and expanded career training programs in five health-care related career fields with the aid of an $820,000 federal grant.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant, announced on Sept. 30, is part of a statewide initiative to train more than 2,000 residents for high-wage, high-skill jobs over the next three years.

Brookdale will use the grant to create a new massage therapy program, a new pharmacy technician lab and provide career counseling, training and job placement services to approximately 140 county residents, including veterans and the unemployed. Participants can train to be a medical assistant, nurse aid or patient care technician as well.

The training programs will be designed in partnership with area employers, such as CVS Pharmacy, which have committed to consider participants for employment after completion.

College staff will aid participants in their job search, provide resume help, set up interviews with employers and connect them to additional resources throughout the program.

“We see a significant number of individuals who require either entry-level training or retraining for careers in today’s workforce,” said Dominic Latorraca, director of workforce training at Brookdale. “This program will connect residents with that training and with some of the largest employers in Monmouth County.”

For more information call Brookdale’s Center for Career Development at (732) 224-2315 or email

TAACCCT is administered in part by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education. In New Jersey, a consortium of 12 community colleges is responsible for administering $15 million in TAACCCT funds.