Career Pathways

About Career Pathways Ι 732-357-0590 Ι

Career Pathways (CP) serves I-RISE clients by helping them to find and enroll in training programs to boost their work and other skills and increase their marketability and, after program completion, to place them in upgraded jobs. CP offers 2 tracks, Career Advancement and Employment Training Program.

Our Career Advancement track assists clients, who are already working, to enroll in training programs leading to in-demand, industry-recognized certification or licensure and, upon completion, to help them land upgraded jobs.  

The Employment Training Program is a 3-month part-time program offering clients work experience, English language learning, job-readiness training, and job placement. This program serves clients who have little or no work experience or English or some other temporary impediment to participating in the US workforce. 

Eligibility:  You MUST be an established I-RISE client before you may be referred to Career Pathways.  Please call 732-357-0590 or email 

Note:  Not all I-RISE clients qualify for Career Pathways.

Resources for Certificate Programs

Below are resources available in central and southern New Jersey for education or training leading to industry-recognized certificates. Programs may be in-person, virtual, or hybrid.  Examples of programs that may be available with I-RISE funding or, for qualifying individuals, with external funding include:

Training-for-New-HiresCommercial Drivers License

Home Health Aide, Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician

Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse

Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist

Microsoft with Medical Coding, Microsoft with Accounting 

Comp TIA, Cyber Security, Coding, IT Support Specialist

Program Management

Electrician, Plumber

Nail Technology (manicures and pedicures)

General Resources

NJ Career Explorer–Search here for training available through the county One Stop agencies. The One Stops will only offer training that has been deemed in-demand by the state, a status which can change monthly. Also, they only offer training through vendors who they’ve contracted with. 

CareerOneStop (in English and Spanish)

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop is a source for free career exploration tools. CareerOneStop houses over 800 captioned videos (English only) for career exploration: To find training programs it can offer and pay for, to qualifying individuals, use its Career One Stop Certification Finder.

Local offices of CareerOneStop, where you can get in-person service, including enrollment in certification training programs, are listed under each county below.

New Jersey Department of Labor Career Services

SkillUp New Jersey 

Enhance your skills and earn industry-recognized credentials through this free, online learning platform of over 5,000 courses. Register using the link above or your county’s SkillUp link below.  

My Next Move 

My Next Move is an interactive site that helps job seekers explore their career options. It provides information on job tasks, skills, credentials, and salary range for over 900 careers.


Career ChoiceEmployer educational benefits offer one of the easiest and least expensive ways to access training leading to certificates. Employers may offer, to qualifying employees, support to pursue education or training leading to certification: in-house certification training programs, access to external certification training programs, new-hire signing bonuses, or tuition reimbursement for certification programs. Some of the many large employers offering these types of support include: Amazon, Bank of America, FedEx, Google, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Starbucks, Target, UPS, Walmart, and Wells Fargo. Ask the Employment team to help you get your first job with an employer that offers educational benefits you might use in the future.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Beginners Guide to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Class Central Help Center 

MOOCs are courses delivered online and accessible to all. Most, but not all, are free. Paying a small fee allows one to earn a certification upon completion of a course.

Middlesex County

Middlesex College, Workforce Development Catalog, MC Credit-based Certificates 

St. Peter’s Hospital, St. Peter’s Career Pathways, CHHA training and tuition reimbursement

Mercer County

Mercer County Community College, MCCC Certification Programs

Mercer County Technical Schools, MCTS 2023-2024 Course Book

One-Stop Career Center, Mercer County, SkillUp Mercer | Mercer County, NJ

Monmouth County

Brookdale Community College, Brookdale Community College Continuing Education  

Monmouth County One Stop, SkillUp Monmouth

Somerset County

Raritan Valley Community College, RVCC Professional Certifications

Greater Raritan & Somerset County One-Stop Career Centers   

SkillUp Greater Raritan 

Union County

Union College, UC Spring 2024 BrochureUC Adult Vocational Resources

Elizabeth Career One Stop – County of Union 





Interfaith-RISE is a program of the Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing corporation, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides affordable housing, supportive services, and connection to meaningful community to low-income individuals and families in central New Jersey. All RCHP-AHC projects are non-discriminatory and are open to the public. Learn more at

Office Locations

Highland Park Office:
19 S. 2nd Ave
Highland Park, NJ 08904

I-RISE South Office:

2384 E. Landis Ave
Vineland, NJ 08361