The College’s Continuing Education division provides educational opportunities for the workforce and those making career changes, job skill enhancement, professional credentialing/licensure, and personal enrichment.
Technology and Trades Programs
The College offers a wide range of technology and trade courses at our Bridgewater location, RVCC @ Bridgewater. The facility, formerly the Somerset County Technology Institute, is home to such technical programs as automotive technology, welding, auto body repair, construction technology, and environmental control technology, as well as an electrical apprenticeship. Students are able to pursue certificates or degrees in many of these fields as well take courses as for personal interest. For a complete listing of courses, visit www.raritanval.edu.
The Cosmetology Program consists of theory and practical applications that are designed to prepare students for the New Jersey State Board Licensing Exam. Licensed Cosmetologists are able to perform hair, skin and nail care services in salons and day spas. The 1,100 hour program includes business operations and preparation for employment.
Continuing Education’s Business & Industry Training Services offers responsive performance consulting and training solutions that are designed to enhance human capital and performance leading to higher levels of productivity and profitability for today’s diverse, fast-paced, global business environments. Our expert performance consultants and trainers, world-class business training partners, customization of training curriculum, and 24/7 training delivery options allow us to meet the educational needs of today’s businesses.
New Pathways to Teaching
RVCC, in collaboration with New Jersey City University (NJCU), provides an alternate route to teacher certification for grades K-12. New Pathways to Teaching provides a structured program to obtain a teacher certification for individuals who have not taken a traditional teacher education curriculum. Those who qualify and enter the program may choose to work toward their certification only or may opt to receive 15 graduate credits toward their Master’s degree from NJCU.
Professional & Continuing Education
Professional Development programs help individuals remain current and marketable in today’s business environment. Individuals may enroll in courses and certificate programs to enhance credentials, update skills and retrain for new occupations. Courses and certificate program are available in business management, career development, customer services, communication/wiring skills, computer technology, human resources, management and many other areas. For a complete course listing, visit www.raritanval.edu/ce.
Public Safety Institute
The Somerset County Police Academy is a division of the Public Safety Institute. Located on the RVCC campus, the Academy enjoys the reputation of being one of the finest training facilities in the State. The Academy has been certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission (P.T.C.) since its inception in 1987. The Police Academy is operated by the staff of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in conjunction with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and Chiefs or Directors of Police of all municipal police departments within Somerset County.
The Academy conducts two basic courses for police officers each year. The Basic Course, which lasts 24 weeks, is one of the longest and most comprehensive of its kind in the state and is best described as a blend of military training and college academics. Graduates of the basic police recruit program are certified as Community Policing Officers by the U.S. Department of Justice and the program is administered by the New Jersey Regional Community Policing Institute.
The Academy conducts basic training courses annually for county corrections officers, as enrollment dictates. The 11-week program prepares personnel entering the corrections field for a successful and safe career.
In 2008 the Academy also began conducting a 24-week basic training course for NJ State Parole Officers.
In addition, the Academy conducts more than 125 continuing education courses each year for uniform patrol officers, corrections officers, detectives and assistant prosecutors.
SCORE Chapter 14
Free counseling services to new and growing businesses are provided by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), a voluntary group of active and retired business executives. The local chapter, Chapter 14, has been meeting at Raritan Valley Community College to serve Central Jersey since 1977. Individuals interested in using this service can make an appointment through the Institute by calling (908) 526-1200, extension 8235.
Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers small business owners the assistance they need to plan and develop successful and profitable ventures. The purpose of the SBDC is to help aspiring small business owners, and those already operating a business, define or redefine their business objectives and assist them in moving forward. The SBDC provides services to small businesses in all industries, including technology, manufacturing, retail, service, wholesale, as well as international trade.
Services offered include:
Free Counseling – free, confidential one-on-one counseling offered at various locations throughout Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
Free Resource Materials – extensive business library offering a variety of small business publications and Internet access for business research.
Free and Low-cost Workshops – conducted by experienced professionals, successful business owners, consultants. and federal and state government specialists.
For additional information, visit the SBDC website at www.sbdcrvcc.com.