Hudson County Community College to Launch Workforce Leadership Academy with The Aspen Institute

April 18, 2019

Webinar for interested applicants to be held Friday, May 3.


April 18, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) announced today that it will be sponsoring a Workforce Leadership Academy, a program designed to develop a local network of workforce development leaders to collaborate on solutions to common challenges. The Academy will be run in partnership with The Aspen Institute and was approved by the HCCC Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Tuesday evening, April 16.

The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy is the latest in a series of Aspen Institute-sponsored Academies in the United States and Canada, and the first to offered in partnership with a community college. The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy is one of four to be launched this year through the support of JPMorgan Chase, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Hudson County Community College has received additional funding from the County of Hudson, the LeFrak family, and Mack-Cali.


The Aspen Institute


Academy Fellows will be selected in a competitive application process. The College and its partners encourage senior-level managers from non-profit organizations, business associations, union-based training efforts, public agencies, and community colleges, who have the authority to implement changes, to apply. Applications are available online here. The submission deadline has been extended to May 30th, 2019. Interested applicants can learn more about the Academy on an informational webinar to be held Friday, May 3 at 11 a.m. ET. Registration can be found here.

“Hudson County Community College is proud to sponsor the Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy in partnership with The Aspen Institute,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “The Workforce Leadership Academies have a proven record of successfully advancing greater economic opportunities and developing networks of leaders and talent. We are sure the Academy will significantly benefit the people, businesses, and industries in Hudson County.”

The Academy will create and support a peer-learning community of workforce leaders with a one-year educational and networking experience to help them manage challenges in addressing changes in technology, business norms, and policy. These senior-level workforce Fellows will work with leading practitioners from throughout the United States, learn about practical planning tools, and collaborate to reflect on and develop effective strategies to strengthen the local workforce system. Alumni of the Academies become part of the Aspen Institute Economic Fellows Network.

“We look forward to working with Hudson County leaders and observing what they can accomplish over the next year as they work and learn together,” said Sheila Maguire, Senior Fellow at The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and director of the local network of Workforce Leadership Academies. “The Academies are a rare opportunity for reflection for these local leaders and will help to build a long-lasting network that can bring more people into quality jobs in the Hudson County community.”

The HCWLA will be led by Sheila Maguire and an Advisory Board that includes: Hugh Bailey, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Vivian Brady-Phillips, Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority; Jeremy Farrell, Senior Director at LeFrak; Aaron Fichtner, President, New Jersey Council of County Colleges; Lori Margolin, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at HCCC; Abby Marquand, Workforce Program Officer and Vice President of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Roseann Mazzeo, S.C., Executive Director of WomenRising; and Michelle Richardson, Executive Director of the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation.