Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has appointed Virgen Velez as the new head of Mercer County's One-Stop Career Center in Trenton.

"I am proud to announce Virgen Velez is the new director of Mercer County's One-Stop Career Center," said Hughes. "She is extremely knowledgeable about workforce development, and I'm confident the One-Stop Career Center will continue to provide the best service possible for our residents under her guidance."

Velez has spent the entirety of her professional career in workforce development, and has been employed by Mercer County for the last 20 years. Prior to her employment with Mercer County, Velez held various administrative positions for the City of Trenton in the Comprehensive Employment & Training Act (CETA) program and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs.

"I want to thank County Executive Hughes for giving me the opportunity to do what I love, which is helping people become gainfully employed and thereby improving their quality of life," said Velez. "I look forward to the challenges ahead in implementing the initiatives and priorities of the County Executive and the Governor, especially regarding prisoner re-entry and summer employment for youth."

The Mercer County One-Stop Career Center, located at 26 Yard Avenue near the Trenton train station, offers workforce readiness services and career resources that are accessible to all jobseekers, students and employers. The center is dedicated to connecting employers to a well-prepared workforce, helping individuals improve their long-term employment outcome, and promoting life long learning opportunities. Resources and services are available to jobseekersemployers and students.

Velez has been a Mercer County resident for the majority of her life, having attended Trenton's public schools and later graduating from Mercer County Community College with a Secretarial Science Degree and Rider University with a degree in sociology. Velez is also a founding member of the Mercer County Hispanic Association (MECHA) and is also active in the Garden State Employment & Training Association (GSETA), a statewide professional organization of workforce administrators. Velez currently resides in Hamilton Township and has two sons.

For more information on Mercer County's One-Stop Career Center, contact the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board  (WIB) at (609) 989-6827 or visit Mercer County One-Stop Career Center for a full list of services offered by the center.