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NJ TRANSIT HOLDS LATEST SESSION WITH EDGE4VETS TO CONNECT VETERANS TO JOBS

October 21, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – Earlier today NJ TRANSIT lead a coalition of partners to continue its effort to connect New Jersey veterans, National Guard members, transitioning military service personnel and their spouses to careers in the transportation sector with the first of two career preparation sessions.

"I would like to again commend NJ TRANSIT and its President & CEO Kevin Corbett for their dedication to making the Edge4Vets program a continued success for veterans learning to apply skills they acquired throughout their military careers and applying them to civilian life,” said NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors Vice-Chair Cedrick Fulton. “Our veterans have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they can bring to public or private sector employment. As an Air Force veteran myself, I can attest to the importance of engaging veterans as they adjust to civilian life, and what an enriching experience that adjustment can bring to the individual and the corporate culture that welcomes them.”

“NJ TRANSIT is honored to be leading the effort to continue the Edge4Vets program in New Jersey,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett. “This program not only gives NJ TRANSIT the opportunity to hire the highest caliber employees, it also helps our nation’s veterans find fulfilling, meaningful employment at NJ TRANSIT.”

The latest offering is being presented as a two-part series, with the first 90-minute Zoom session held earlier today, through the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University in New York. The goal is to help military service personnel prepare for success in the civilian workplace, then gain a connection to HR professionals who can guide them to land good jobs that can lead to great careers. Participants that missed this first session may still attend the second session on Thursday, November 4.

NJ TRANSIT was the first organization in New Jersey to partner with Edge4Vets and it first joined forces with Edge4Vets in February. More than 50 veterans participated in the first series of workshops, and NJ TRANSIT is proud to have recently hired what it hopes will be the first of many Edge4Vets participants as a new bus operator.

The Edge4Vets course allows veterans the ability to work at their own pace to refine their PLAN4SUCCESS. Service personnel, including veterans, learn how to translate their military strengths into tools for civilian success then get connected to HR reps for employment opportunities.

The program has been implemented in eight states throughout the nation since its introduction in 2011. Partner companies and government agencies participating in the program have included banks, pharmaceutical companies, media companies, airports and more – all of which have used the program to accelerate veterans into their organizations to strengthen their workforces.

More than 1,500 veterans and service personnel have taken the program, and up to eight out of ten candidates have earned jobs.

Recruitment of veterans for the training is supported by NJ Department of Labor and their system of One Stops, colleges, including Montclair State and Rutgers, USO, the Veterans Administration and others under the guidance of Edge4Vets.

NJ TRANSIT recruiters provide support during the workshops to help participants identify their strengths, craft their personal PLANS4SUCCESS and gain an “edge” to get hired on our bus, rail and administrative teams.

For more information, visit https://www.njtransit.com/edge4vets.

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.