About Us

New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education (NJ PLACE) is a statewide initiative which helps people apply their apprenticeship education from participating programs toward a degree at a participating New Jersey college. NJ PLACE does not promote apprenticeship as an alternative to a college education, but as an exciting and promising pathway to it! 

NJ PLACE is administered by the State Employment and Training Commission (SETC) for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). 

NJ PLACE developed as a partnership between many organizations, including: NJ’s 19  community colleges, Rutgers University, Thomas Edison State College, organized labor, employer associations, federally registered apprenticeship programs, and several government agencies. Together, they developed a statewide model to award college credit to graduates of participating registered apprenticeship programs.

NJ PLACE negotiated articulation agreements with all of our state’s community colleges to award a minimum number of credits toward an associate degree based on college-level learning in registered apprenticeship programs. In addition, a New Jersey law passed in January 2010 makes it possible for participants completing this degree to easily transfer to a state 4-year college or university. The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations created a Bachelor degree pathway to its BS in Labor and Employment Relations for AAS in Technical Studies graduates. Thomas Edison State College created both Associate and Bachelor degree pathways to several of its programs of study

Click here to learn more about how NJ PLACE works.


NJ PLACE Founding & Supporting Partners:

Advisory Committee Members:

Participating Apprenticeship and Training Programs:

Click here for information and resources for our Registered Apprenticeship & Training Partners.

New Jersey Colleges:

Click here for information and resources for our NJ Community College Partners.