FDU receives tourism grant to aid post-Sandy

Fairleigh Dickinson University joins Richard Stockton College to Focus on Workforce Needs of Employers Impacted by Sandy

Fairleigh Dickinson University has been awarded a $200,000 Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network Grant by the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) to aid in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy. The Talent Network will assist employers in this major New Jersey industry, which suffered significant setbacks because of the storm.

"We are honored to receive this major grant," said FDU President Sheldon Drucker. "This is an important recognition of the leadership role our school plays in the field of hospitality and tourism management, and we promise to do all we can to help our state recover from the impact of Sandy."

Fairleigh Dickinson University will share leadership of the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network with the Richard Stockton College, located in southern New Jersey. These institutions were selected because of the extensive programs they offer students in hospitality and tourism management.
“We are grateful for this amazing opportunity to leverage our University’s connections and talent in the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism sectors to match employers with job-seekers and to provide a mechanism for training and development for displaced workers in New Jersey,” said Donald Hoover, of FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “Quite simply, we want to create an efficient and effective Talent Network that matches highly qualified employees in this sector with businesses seeking them.”
The concept of Talent Networks was developed by the LWD under the Christie Administration in 2010, starting with six networks built around six Garden State industry clusters that employ more than half of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the wages earned.
Talent Networks enlist employers to identify the skills they need in new employees to further the growth and operations of their businesses. In turn, the Talent Networks work closely with state workforce development agencies, educational institutions and training schools to develop those skills in the workforce, improving employment possibilities and fueling the state’s economic growth.