PARTNERS TEAM UP TO OFFER FREE ESL CLASSES TO EMPLOYEES

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PARTNERS TEAM UP TO OFFER FREE ESL CLASSES TO EMPLOYEES

 

ELIZABETH, NJ – May 7, 2012— A City of Elizabeth apparel company is teaming up with Urban Workforce Advantage to offer English as a Second Language courses .

Through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Workforce Grant and Program Management, Urban Workforce Advantage, is offering classes in English as a Second Language, Basic Computer Operations such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Windows and Communications and Mathematics to thirty-five Spanish speaking employees from Garylin Togs, one of the few "Made in America" apparel manufacturers left in the United States.

"Providing the vital resources that enable residents to broaden personal and professional horizons is imperative to growth and development," said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, "By creating new opportunities for workforce improvement, these classes will help employees improve their computer skills and English dialect."

Urban Workforce Advantage, a company in Elizabeth whose goal is to help successfully employed participants retain employment and continue to improve their skills, received these funds from the Customized Training/Literacy Grants program under the New Jersey Supplemental Workforce Fund for Basic Skills.

"We are happy to work in collaboration with Mayor Bollwage in assisting local workers in achieving economic success/self-sufficiency," said Julio Sabater, President at Workforce Advantage. "Providing local employers with a more literate and productive workforce is one of the main priorities with this program."

Marie West, founder and President, started Garylin Togs, in 1981 and soon partnered up with Nicholas Karant. In 1983, she was joined by Michael Rubin, partner and CEO and together they have built Garylin Togs into one of the most successful dance apparel companies in the world with over 100 employees.

The factory is located in the 1890 historic landmark building that housed the Singer Sewing machine company and uses about 167,000 square feet of the building on five levels.

"There are so many intelligent and talented students in this program," said Michael Rubin. "By attending this Literacy Program, each participant will soon hone the proper English skills they need to be considered for advancement in the workplace."