$3.6M grant to help laid-off N.J. pharma employees

TRENTON – The state Labor and Workforce Development Department today said laid-off pharmaceutical industry employees can still take advantage of a $3.6 million National Award Grant awarded to the state last year that is designed to help them retrain to land another job.

“We still have funding available for short-term education and training grants at many colleges and universities in New Jersey to help this special segment of our workforce transition into the smaller, but viable and emerging bio-science industry,” state Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths said in a statement.

The laid-off workers can use services such as skills assessment, career counseling and skills training that the funds provide. Applicants could receive as much $5,000 toward furthering their education.

New Jersey is known for its large paharmaceutical industry presence and is home to some 300 biotech jobs.

But in a report by the Healthcare Institute of N.J. released at the end of 2010, the trade group said the state lost approximately 4,900 life sciences jobs in 2009 due to mergers and cutbacks.

Employees laid off from the following companies during the specified dates and specified locations are eligible for the grants. They are:

*Amicus Therapeutics

Cedar Brook Drive,

Cranbury, N.J. 08512

Jan. 1, 2010 or later


*Bristol-Myers Squibb

77 Scudders Mill Road

Plainsboro, N.J. 08536

Jan. 27, 2010, or later


*Hoffman-La Roche

340 Kingsland St.

Nutley, N.J. 07110

June 30, 2010 or later


*Johnson & Johnson

1 Johnson & Johnson Plaza

New Brunswick, N.J. 08933

Jan. 8, 2010 or later


*Merck & Co.

2015 Galloping Hill Road

Kenilworth, N.J. 07033

Feb. 9, 2010 or later


*Merck & Co.

126 East Lincoln Ave

Rahway, N.J. 07065

Feb. 16, 2010 or later



865 Ridge Road

Monmouth Junction, N.J. 08852

Jan. 31, 2010 or later



9 Deerpark Drive

Monmouth Junction, N.J. 08852

Jan. 31, 2010 or later


For additional information, contact:

Morris County One-Stop Career Center

Paul Cecala 973-285-6880 x233



Somerset County One-Stop Career Center

Elizabeth Tong 908-541-5780 x6260


  $3.6M grant to help laid-off N.J. pharma employees