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CEA Reception

On Monday, June 21, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at a reception celebrating the Center for Educational Advancement's (CEA) "40 Years of Business Partnerships." The CEA was founded in 1970 and has worked for forty years as a not-for-profit social business enterprise that provides persons with disabilities or social disadvantages with employment opportunities and employment readiness services.

The CEA's training and job placement programs have helped over 4,000 New Jerseyans since they first opened their doors, but not without the help of many prominent companies and industries in the region. This reception honored the long-standing history of collaboration that has existed between the CEA and private business enterprise. The CEA is proud to have worked with and continue to work with businesses such as Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Alcan, Lipton, UPS, and ShopRite. With such great examples of teamwork and dedication, CEA continues to help our members of out community with special needs become self-sufficient and independent citizens, whether it's by providing job training or tools to earn and keep a steady paycheck. What a way to inspire pride!

If you would like to learn more about the great work CEA does, please visit their website at