NEWARK, N.J., -  Today, The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with Manufacture NJ, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Alcoa Foundation, hosted an employer forum and reception on sourcing, hiring and retaining veterans.

Kendall Ademu-John, HR Specialist – Diversity Outreach at PSEG, and JoAnn Mitchell, Senior Project Leader at Sandvik Coromant, addressed the urgent need for skilled workers and innovative strategies for reaching veterans and transitioning them into manufacturing careers. Manufacturers discussed how to find veterans, match their skills to manufacturing occupations, and integrate them for the long term into their company.

Lieutenant General Ralph J. Jodice II, USAF, Retired, former Commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command, provided a keynote address. He noted that in his official travels across the world, the U.S. armed services are recognized for their outstanding training, including technical training that makes veterans a strong fit for manufacturing careers.

The Employer Forum and Reception took place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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