Duwan Bogert

Duwan Bogert

Executive Director

Passaic County Workforce Development Board

Paterson, NJ USA

Just because you take [an alternative] route or just because you take a break or just because you make a mistake doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be afforded an opportunity.


My road in life has taken me all over.
I graduated from the graphic design program at Passaic County Technical Institute, a vocational public high school in New Jersey.
I decided to go straight to work after high school—I worked for three years in a print shop before deciding to go to community college and earn my associate’s degree.
I got the opportunity to work as a general manager for a call center where I was eventually able to buy in as a minority stakeholder.
While working at the call center, I was introduced to the Passaic County One Stop Career Center because I had helped some of my employees find resources to better their career.
We eventually concluded and sold the business, and I decided to go back to school for my bachelor’s degree.
I then got the opportunity to actually work for the Passaic County One Stop Career Center as a program monitor.
Shortly after joining, I advanced to become a re-entry coordinator, through which I helped people coming from correctional institutions navigate the transition and find career success.
I’ve since become the executive director of the Passaic County Workforce Development Board—I still coordinate the re-entry program, but I also get to lend guidance to other arms of the organization.
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High School
Political Science, Sociology
William Paterson University of New Jersey
Associate's Degree
Passaic County Community College


Executive Director

I help make the connection between skilled labor, quality education, and in-demand employers.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

A lot of my work is based on state and community policy. I manage a small staff with a variety of responsibilities. In accordance with different policies and grants, we'll work on process, documentation, procedure. We coordinate several advisory boards, so I'll make sure those meetings are being held. We work with membership councils to help them formulate programs. I spend time communicating with the board's different partnerships. I also sit on different committees, sub-committees, and panels.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be true to yourself. Don't be afraid to follow your heart, even if that means taking an alternative path. I took an alternative path after high school and it all worked out for me. The most important thing is that you stay true to yourself.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Political Science, Sociology
Associate's Degree


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Not everyone deserves an opportunity."

Challenges I Overcame

Death and Loss