Friday, October 23, 2020

CAMDEN COUNTY NEWS

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Camden Urban Agriculture Collaborative Set to Receive $293,000 Federal Grant

The grant will help the CUAC promote access to healthy food and fight food insecurity in the city of Camden.

‘SMART’ Program to Provide Rent, Mortgage Assistance to Camden, Atlantic County Residents

New Jersey SHARES and the Volunteers of America Delaware Valley will help residents in danger of eviction or foreclosure with their payments through a new grant program.

Once-A-Week Trash Collection in Camden to Return October 1

The city will return to collecting trash once per week beginning on October 1.

CAMcare Health Corporation, Project H.O.P.E. to Receive Federal Funding

The two federally-qualified health centers will receive a combined total of $348,645 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Camden County Library System Gradually Opening To The Public

The Camden County Library System is beginning to reopen to the public, starting with limited services and hours at their larger branches. This week marked the first time indoor, in-person services have been available to library patrons since our facilities were ordered to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

What’s Good — Camden’s American Training Center Connects People with Jobs

The American Training Center can help you earn the certification necessary to be a nurse aid, dental assistant, or pharmacy technician.

Cooper, Norcross Foundations Distribute Masks to Camden Students

All students at schools in the city of Camden will receive a free, reusable face mask.

Youth Targeted In New COVID-19 Public Health Campaign

With COVID-19 infections on the rise among teenagers and young adults, the Camden County Freeholder Board has unveiled a new public health campaign today urging younger residents to “protect your circle.”

County Officials Announce 2020 Drive-Thru Flu Shot Schedule

To help keep residents safe and healthy this flu season, county officials have announced the 2020 Seasonal Flu Shot Schedule, beginning on Friday, October 2.

Newton Creek Improvement Project Moving Forward

Camden County officials are proceeding with an expansive project to improve the water quality of Newton Creek.

Camden County Offers Multiple Resources For Job Seekers

Camden County residents who are seeking quality information on available employment and training programs, as well as how to access those opportunities and services can find what they are looking for virtually at the Camden County One-Stop.

Camden County Correctional Facility Mural Arts Project Seeking Public Submissions

The Camden County Youth Services Commission (CCYSC) and the Department of Corrections are asking for submissions of mural designs for the outside perimeter wall of the Camden County Correctional Facility that will reflect themes such as hope, support, peace, and community, among others, and their intersection with both the juvenile and adult criminal justice system.

Census2020 PUSH Week Works To Boost Participation

New Jersey is now in the middle of PUSH Week, an incentive to drive participation in the 2020 Census count before census takers begin visiting homes in August.

Free Narcan Training Sessions Available Virtually

The Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force, in partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services will host Naloxone training sessions held virtually via Webex on the last Tuesday of each month. The next session will take place on Tuesday, July 28, from 12:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Camden County Freeholder Board Announces $20M In Total Grants To Local Small Businesses

Camden County small businesses will soon be able to apply for federally funded grants totaling $20 million to help with losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Camden County Freeholder Board Allocates Millions in Federal Funding To Towns

The Camden County Freeholder Board has received and is allocating federal funding for towns which will be used to supplement unforeseen costs from COVID-19 related purchases such as personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, and a variety of other tools for essential employees since the start of this public health crisis.

Free Gardening Webinar Series Offered By Master Gardeners And Camden County 4-H

As more people are staying in place at home, many are looking for ways to occupy their time more productively. As the weather turns nice, some homeowners are finding projects right in their own backyards.

Camden County Officials Launch COVID-19 Educational Series

The Camden County Board of Freeholders will begin a COVID-19 Educational Series, a first-of-its-kind effort to bring information about testing, risk of exposure, and other critical public health information related to the novel coronavirus directly into the community.

Camden County Officials Request Monitor For Long Term Care Facilities

To address the spred of COVID-19 in long term care facilities, Camden County has put a plan in place to stem the tide of the virus.

Camden County Library System Recognized For Early Literacy Programming, Continues Operations

The New Jersey State Library has awarded the Camden County Library System the 2020 Best Practices in Early Childhood Literacy Award that recognizes excellence in early childhood programming in New Jersey libraries.

UV Decontamination Devices Distributed To First Responders

As part of efforts to help first responders decontaminate vehicles and equipment to protect themselves and those they serve, officials distributed ultraviolet light systems to the Camden County Police Department and Cooper University Health Care along with a host of other public safety agencies.

Camden County Creates Directory Of Mental Health Services For Youth

To help the county’s youth stay connected to critical services during this stressful time, the Camden County Youth Services Commission has collected information for more than 20 service providers in one convenient location.

Camden County Begins Random Inspections Of Long-Term Care Facilities

The Camden County Health Department has begun randomly inspecting county long-term care facilities in place of the state of New Jersey in order to audit and inspect operations that have at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19, county officials said recently.

TOUCH New Jersey Offering Assistance To Homeless and Food Insecure

TOUCH New Jersey will begin distributing a large donation of ham products for anyone facing food insecurity in response to the coronavirus pandemic and corresponding economic consequences.

Camden County Sheriff’s Officers Join CCPD Patrols During Pandemic

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office has begun assisting Camden County Metro Officers on patrol in Camden City in an effort to provide additional resources and personnel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Thousands Of Meals Delivered For Seniors, SNAP Benefits Enhanced

As continued isolation and sudden unemployment creates more concern for some about having enough to eat, officials are boosting food programs.

New Portal Helps Connect People With Volunteer Opportunities To Support Friends And Neighbors

The Camden County Department of Health and Human Services launched a new online volunteering portal to connect residents who want to know how they can support their friends and neighbors during this time of need with opportunities to support others in the coming weeks.

First Camden County Death Due To Coronavirus Announced

The first COVID-19 related death along with 15 new cases in Camden County was announced today bringing the county total to 39 cases.

Camden County Reduces Social Services Operations, Closes Libraries

The Camden County Board of Social Services has made incremental staffing changes in Camden to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Camden County College and Rowan College Of South Jersey Move To Online Classes

Camden County College (CCC) and Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) are the latest colleges to suspend classes to help staff transition to online learning.

Camden County COVID-19 Information: Division Of Weights And Measures Checks Price Gouging, Freeholder Cappelli Updates On Confirmed Case

The Camden County Division of Weights and Measures is currently conducting additional inspections for price gouging on items such as hand sanitizer, disinfectants, toiletries, bottled water, and more throughout Camden County, according to a press release.

Third Coronavirus Case in NJ as Patient Tests Presumptive Positive in Camden County

New Jersey now has a third possible case of coronavirus now that the test results for a patient in Camden County have come back as presumptive positive.

Memorial To Honor Overdose Victims To Be Built In Timber Creek Park

A new memorial to honor victims of overdose and addiction will be built in Timber Creek Park in Gloucester Township. The Camden County Freeholder Board passed a resolution this month approving the plan.

What’s Good – Temple University Football Visits Camden’s Charter Schools

Players from Temple Univesity's football program visit students from some of Camden's Charter schools every Friday to promote positive life goals and to help mentor the children.

Camden County Freeholders Approve Fentanyl Strip Pilot Program

The Camden County Freeholder Board has approved a potentially life-saving pilot program designed to implement and study the use of Fentanyl testing strips (FTS) by individuals suffering from substance use disorder.

Seasonal Flu More Of A Risk Than Coronavirus Say Camden County Health Officials

While Coronavirus (COVID-19) is in the headlines and a major topic of discussion on social media and with medical professionals alike, the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services says it currently poses little risk to residents in the United States.

Pennsauken Library to Host Census 2020 Job Fair on Feb. 14

On Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m., Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) will host a job fair at the Pennsauken Library that will provide New Jersey workers with opportunities related to the 2020 Census.

Camden County To Sponsor Food Waste Recycling Pilot Program

A pilot program approved by the Camden County Freeholder Board will change the way food waste is being disposed of in cafeterias and kitchens in county buildings.

Camden County College Offers Children Free Dental Clinic

As part of the Give-Kids-a-Smile Day, a national event that has been held on the first Friday in February for more than 15 years, Camden County College’s dental hygiene and dental assisting students and staff – joined by area dentists – provided free cleanings, other preventive care and oral health education to area children aged 12 and younger recently.

Camden County MUA Appoints New Executive Director

The Camden County Municipal Utility Authority (CCMUA) has appointed Scott Schreiber as their new executive director effective February 1, 2020, replacing outgoing executive director Andy Kricun, who retired Saturday after more than 30 years of service at CCMUA.

Officials Call For Relief Efforts For Earthquake Torn Puerto Rico

Local, county, and state officials have recently called on the public to support recovery efforts to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. For weeks, the island has been hit by earthquakes and aftershocks which have damaged and destroyed homes and other critical infrastructure.

Brothers In Blue MC Donates Hundreds of Teddy Bears to CCPD

Brothers in Blue Motorcycle Club members dropped off 400 donated Teddy Bears to the Camden County Police Departments as part of the club’s nationwide “Freddie’s Teddies” program recently.

County Offers Free Disaster Preparedness Training

As many Americans have become increasingly interested in disaster preparedness and response skills in the wake of extreme weather and other natural events in the US and around the world, the Camden County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will once again offer a free, 20-hour training curriculum to prepare interested Camden County residents to help protect themselves, their family, and their community during a disaster.

Fourteen County Residents To Receive Recognition For Service To Their Community

Fourteen county residents will be honored for their contributions to improving their community at the 2020 Camden County Freedom Medal Ceremony on Wednesday, January 22.

Camden County College and Rutgers U–Camden Form Premier Partnership

Camden County College and Rutgers University–Camden have formed a new Premier Partnership aligning the two schools to provide residents of Camden County and South Jersey an opportunity to earn both a Camden County College associate degree and Rutgers baccalaureate degree on the Blackwood and Rutgers–Camden campuses.

Camden County Adult Residents Can Explore Training And Apprenticeship Opportunities At Open House

Camden County adult residents who are interested in career training and apprenticeship opportunities can take advantage of an open house hosted by the Career and Technical Institute of Camden County College and Camden County Technical Schools on Thursday, January 16, from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at Camden County Technical Schools.

RU–Camden Nursing Students Give Health Support To Local Elderly

Rutgers University--Camden students in the accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program are among a team of health care workers and social workers who are providing in-home consultations to solve complex care issues for elderly residents in Camden.

County Offers Free Workshops To Help Fight Addictions

The Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force will begin hosting a number of workshops in its continuing efforts to arm residents in the fight against opioids and other drugs and additions in 2020.

Camden City Experiences Historic Drop In Crime Rate, New Study Claims

The City of Camden has seen an historic drop in violent and nonviolent crime according to a recent Uniform Crime Report (UCR) released by the county.

New Survey Data Show Positive Trends For City

Camden City is making positive growth according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The positive trend can be seen in key areas including poverty, educational attainment, employment and unemployment. The findings come as part of a new five-year population estimate produced by the Census Bureau using data derived from the American Community Survey (ACS).

Camden County Freeholder Reassures Residents In Wake Of Recent Hate Crimes

Camden County Freeholder Jonathan Young says he is “sickened and heartbroken” by the events leading up to the attack on Jewish congregants observing Hanukkah at the home of their Rabbi.

Twenty-sixth Annual Kwanzaa Celebration Brings Families and Community Together

The 26th annual Kwanzaa Celebration in Lawnside will take place Sunday, December 29, from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Wayne Bryant Center.

Fifty-two New CCPD Officers Sworn In

The Camden County Police Department swore in 52 new police officers on the afternoon of December 19 and, after the swearing-in ceremony, officers were assigned to the police administration building for additional agency training according to a press release from the county.

What’s Good – ‘Nescience Auditions’

Auditions were held for an upcoming play that will focus on the concept of "nescience," which is defined as a lack of knowledge or awareness. The show has been written by Beatrice Alonna of South Jersey, who is trying to show through the medium of theater that nescience is something that affects us all no matter what race, creed, or age we are.

Campbell’s Recognizes Camden Organizations For Improving Lives

Campbell Soup Company and the Campbell Soup Foundation recognized the efforts of organizations that have made a significant impact in the Camden community recently.

Gloucester Township Police Sponsors Police Academy For Residents

In its continuing effort to foster a better police community partnership, the Gloucester Township Police Department is sponsoring a free ten-week Citizens Police Academy beginning January 23, 2020.

RU–Camden Researcher Offers Tips To Deal With Social Media Related Stress For Teens Over Holidays

While the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, with the pressure to get a lot done in a little time, may be the cause of stress for many, some teens the holiday brings about another source of stress according to a Rutgers University--Camden researcher.

Freeholder Board Launches “Hearts and Hands” Outreach Program For Homeless

The Camden County Freeholder Board has launched a new initiative called Hearts and Hands for the Homeless which is aimed at addressing persistent homelessness according to a press release from the county.

NJ Department of Human Services Awards County Correctional Facility Nearly $700K For Opioid Treatment

The New Jersey Department of Human Services has awarded the Camden County Correctional Facility nearly $700,000 for individuals to receive Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder, according to a press release from the county.

Boys And Girls Club Receives A Mountain Of Toys For Hundreds Of Kids This Holiday Season

Boys and Girls Club of Camden County received hundreds of toys from the 20th Annual Toy Truck Parade sponsored by Philadelphia radio station WXTU-FM 92.5.

Homeward Bound To Host Inaugural ‘Tinsel Tails’ To Benefit Sheltered Pets

The Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, formerly the Camden County Animal Shelter, is hosting its inaugural Tinsel Tails “Yappy Hour” benefiting shelter pets on December 18 at Wedgwood Country Club from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

U.S. Census Bureau Increases Hourly Rate In Camden County To Attract Workers

As the demand for workers in “hard-to-count” communities increases, the United States Census Bureau has announced an increase to the minimum hourly rate for census positions for the 2020 Census in Camden County, from $16.50 to $17.50, and is paying over $20 an hour for certain positions, according to a press release from the county.

Camden’s Charter School Network Dedicates Swim Program In Memory of Drowned Youth

At a ceremony on December 5, Camden’s Charter School Network dedicated its swim program as the Jazier M. Tuten-Sewell Swim Program as it introduced the Camden Academy Charter High School’s new swim team.

Campbell’s Soup Appears In Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Movies As Part Of New Collaboration

The Campbell Soup Company and Hallmark Channel have teamed up during this holiday season with a partnership around the Hallmark Channel’s popular “Countdown to Christmas."

Go4theGoal Gift Card Trees and Baskets Lift Holiday Spirits For Families Of Hospitalized Children

Go4theGoal, non-profit charitable organization who provides funds and supportive services to children with cancer, is currently working with social workers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Nemours duPont Pediatrics as well as hospitals throughout New Jersey to provide gift baskets to families with hospitalized children.

High School Students Meet Recruiters At Inaugural Military Night Event

In order to expose more middle and high school students to the benefits of the military as a possible post secondary plan, Camden Academy Charter High School sponsored its inaugural Military Night program on November 12.

Lindenwold High School Set to Perform CLUE: On Stage This Week

Lindenwold High School Theatre Department will present CLUE: On Stage November 21 and 22 at 7:00 P.M. and November 23 at 1:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Skate Away Winter Blues At WinterFest Ice Skating Rink At Cooper River Park

The WinterFest Ice Skating Rink at Cooper River Park will return for the 2019-2020 winter season officially opening Friday, November 29.

Cooper Health Center At KIPP Provides Services That Lead To Better Student Health And Academics

KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy (KCNA) — a collective of three KIPP schools in Camden — partnered with the Camden Promise Neighborhood, the Cooper Foundation, and other local entities, including local dentists, foodbanks, and nonprofits to create Cooper Health Center at KIPP, a school-based health center with a full-time nurse practitioner and medical assistant.

Mini-Pitch Recreation Area Opens In City Park

Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez joined Camden City Councilwoman Felecia Reyes-Morton today to present a brand-new soccer “mini-pitch” — small, customized, hard-court surface recreation areas built in underused urban spots — at Von Nieda Park in the Cramer Hill section of the city.

Vets On Wheels Rolls Into Camden To Offer Pet Care Services

The Animal Welfare Association (AVA) will be bringing its Vets on Wheels mobile clinic to Camden City’s Von Nieda Park on Wednesday, November 20, from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Camden County College Theater Named For Freeholder And Educator Riletta Cream

Camden County College has named its learning theater in the Camden Conference Center in memory of Freeholder and educator Riletta Twyne Cream.

Local Nonprofits Launch Camden Works Employment Initiative With Business And Philanthropic Partnerships

Six local nonprofits have launched the Camden Works employment initiative, a job training and employment program designed to help Camden residents participate in the city’s economic rebirth.

Pennsauken School District Receives $1.6 Million To Address Mental Health Issues

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pennsauken School District with a $1.6 million grant to address the issue of mental health. The district was one of only 27 schools nationwide to receive the grant.

Update: Cherry Hill Police Seeking Information Regarding Hit-and-Run On Route 38

Cherry Hill Police are currently investigating a hit-and-run pedestrian accident that occurred in the early-morning hours of Friday, Oct. 25 at approximately 4:45 a.m.

Campbell Soup Awards $1.5 Million In Grants For Healthier Communities

The Campbell Soup Company recently announced more than $1.5 million in grants to 11 organizations with operations in Camden along with 11 others as part of the Campbell Soup Foundation’s annual grant-making cycle and Campbell’s Healthy Communities, the company’s signature philanthropic program.

Week-Long Census Job Fair Scheduled To Help Fill 3,000 Part Time Positions

In preparation for the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is planning to hire as many as 3,000 part-time workers in Camden County to follow up with households that do not complete the census form voluntarily.

County Bans Single-Use Plastic Beginning Next Year

Single-use plastics will be banned in all Camden County facilities, and at all County-sponsored events beginning January 1, 2020. The Freeholder Board approved the ban by resolution during its October meeting and will begin rolling out alternatives over the next year.

College Fair Offers Students One Stop Comparison Shopping

Camden Academy Charter High School sponsored its Fifteenth Annual College Fair that brought together colleges from as far away as St. Mary’s College of Maryland to next door neighbor Rutgers University--Camden.

Joint Health Sciences Center Opens Its Doors In Growing “Eds and Meds” Sector Of City

The new Joint Health Sciences Center (JHSC) at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Broadway officially opened its doors today which completes Phase I of the Board’s two-phase campus construction in the City.

Officials Stress Importance Of Accurate Census 2020 Count, Tout Job Opportunities

Populations living in poverty, the homeless, children, and racial and ethnic minorities have historically been more difficult to count than others for census data. To reinforce the importance of public participation in the 2020 Census, local, county, state, along with federal officials are stressing the impact of an accurate count on our community, and jobs to be available for county residents.

New 1,000 Pound Abstract Sculpture Installed in Haddonfield

"Unity" an abstract corten steel sculpture by acclaimed Palestinian Arab Israeli sculptor Hanna Jubran, is one of five pieces gifted to the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust by Rowan College at Burlington County.

Donation Helps Shelter Dogs Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Bubba’s Beds for Shelter Friends, a nonprofit that provides orthopedic, chew-proof, and easy-to-clean beds for shelter pets, donated 100 Kuranda beds, a special type of rugged, easy-to-sanitize kennel bed that is chew-proof and comfortable to Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center.

Camden City Student Test Scores Improve For Fourth Consecutive Year

The City of Camden, district and renaissance schools, have improved their results on the New Jersey Standardized Learning Assessment for the fourth year in a row. Camden students continue to improve each year, with the 2018-2019 school year’s results showing improvements in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math.

Rutgers University–Camden Research Finds Loneliness and Transportation Major Factors To South Jersey Health

Millennials and younger residents in southern New Jersey suffer from higher rates of social isolation than citizens aged 65 or older which can lead to chronic health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and asthma, according to new research produced by the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University–Camden.

Camden City Sees Best Unemployment Rates In Nearly Three Decades

The City of Camden has had its best summer employment numbers in nearly 30 years, based on preliminary data released last week by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD).

Camden County English Teacher Kimberly Dickstein, Named New Jersey State Teacher of the Year

The New Jersey Department of Education has announced that Kimberly Dickstein, a high school English teacher from Haddonfield Memorial High School, has been named the 2019-2020 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.

Camden SMART Wins US Water Alliance’s US Water Prize

Jersey Water Works members Andy Kricun, Meishka Mitchell, Chris Obropta, and the rest of the Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) team have been awarded the US Water Alliance’s US Water Prize for their work tackling the city’s extreme water challenges.

Voorhees Animal Orphanage to Host 23rd Annual Woofstock Festival This Weekend

The Voorhees Animal Orphanage will be holding its 23rd annual Woofstock Festival, a dog-friendly event open to the public this weekend.

Camden County Law Enforcement Searching for Brooklawn Bank Robbery Suspect

Officials from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the Brooklawn Police Department are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a bank on Tuesday, Sept 24.

Gloucester Twp. Police Chief Earle Announces Retirement

Gloucester Township Police Chief W. Harry Earle announced his retirement after 33 years of service effective November 1.

Rutgers Law School Medical-Legal Partnership Helps Residents Resolve Care Issues

The Rutgers Law School Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) has received a $50,000 grant from the Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors recently to help expand their program according to a press release.

Boxing Superstars Gather For Fundraiser Celebrating Camden Native “Jersey Joe” Walcott

Boxing superstars including Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion Michael Spinks, Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes, and two-time World Heavyweight Champion Timmy Witherspoon, among others, will join guests for a fundraiser aboard the Battleship New Jersey to support the recently commissioned statue of Camden City boxing legend “Jersey Joe” Walcott.

Camden County Celebrates Its History With Scores Of Events Throughout October

Thirty historic sites and history organizations throughout Camden County will have special exhibits, reenactments, and guided tours for adults and children throughout the month of October as part of Camden County History Month.

Non Profit Development Center Of Southern New Jersey Offers Workshops To Help Local Nonprofit Organizations

The Non Profit Development Center of Southern New Jersey is offering a number of workshops aimed at assisting local nonprofit organizations or those individuals who wish to start a nonprofit with their endeavors.

Barclay Farmstead Museum Is An Oasis Of Living History

The Barclay Farmstead Museum, located in the Barclay Farms Housing Development along the North Branch of the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, is a living history museum where visitors can observe and even participate in the agrarian lifestyle of the early 19th century.

Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors Names Two New Members

The Rutgers–Camden Board of Directors formally appointed two new members on Friday, September 13, to serve on the Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors: Dr. James Dougherty and Frank Hundley.

Writing Program For Vets At Rutgers-Camden Gets $9K Boost

A Rutgers-Camden writing program has received a $9,100 action grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) for veterans to participate in the writing workshops that will offer a supportive environment that encourages them to reflect upon issues and experiences common among veterans and service members.

TD Bank Volunteers Teach Soft Skills To Camden Students

Twenty volunteers from TD Bank met with 30 students at Camden Academy Charter High School on Wednesday, September 11, to teach soft skills including workplace communication, resume writing, and job interview skills.