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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

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Education

NJ Launches ’65 by ’25: Many Paths One Future’ Campaign; Higher Ed, Labor, Educators Partner with Business for Competitive, Innovative and Prosperous State

Princeton, NJ, November 12, 2017 — More than 100 education, business and industry leaders took part in the official launch in September of New Jersey’s 65 by ’25: Many Paths, One Future campaign at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Headquarters in Princeton.

With the pace of innovation rapidly accelerating, New Jersey must provide real economic opportunities for residents by supporting and creating pathways for everyone to acquire the skills and education that will help them secure rewarding careers.

According to the latest data available, 50.2 percent of New Jersey’s workers have some level of education or training beyond high school — well short of the 65 percent economists say will be needed by 2025 to meet the demand for a skilled labor workforce equipped with high-quality, industry-valued post-secondary credentials. Continue reading

Opinion: NJIT President Joel S. Bloom on ‘Quality Workforce Is Essential for STEM Economy’

Dr. Joel S. Bloom

Newark, NJ, November 5, 2017 — NJBIZ on October 31 published the following opinion piece by Dr. Joel S. Bloom, President of New Jersey Institute of Technology:

College affordability is a very real and very complex problem that deserves serious attention. There is no disputing that tuition rates have increased at an unsustainable rate over the last two decades and that student debt has risen as well.

There also is no disputing that state funding of higher education has significantly eroded during that same time frame. It is further difficult to debate the notion that New Jersey residents face a significant tax burden already and don’t have an appetite for tax increases to support higher education. Continue reading

NJ Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks: In Service to the Community

 

Secretary Rochelle Hendricks

Trenton, NJ, November 4, 2017New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks writes in her October 2017 newsletter:

Huddled together with colleagues in the State Police emergency management headquarters in West Trenton during the first hours after Superstorm Sandy, I made calls and sent emails to assess student and staff safety and security needs, property damage to campuses, academic challenges across the State, and to identify temporary shelters.

What emerged was the readiness, the eagerness to volunteer in service to those persons and communities in need.

We dealt with immediate crises. Power outages. Roads blocked by fallen trees. Shortages of food and water. Continue reading

Election 2017: New Jersey Bond Issue Edges Closer as Vo-Techs Make Case for Urgent State Funding

Trenton, NJ, November 1, 2017 — John Reitmeyer reported on NJ Spotlight that New Jersey voters will decide on November 7 whether the state should take on more than $100 million in new debt to pay for library capital projects.

But even as the fate of that proposed borrowing has yet to be determined, lawmakers are already starting to explore the next big bond issue that could go before voters.

Reitmeyer reports that a bipartisan group of legislators that is looking at ways the state can better support an ongoing rebirth of the New Jersey manufacturing industry took testimony on October 17 from representatives of the state’s 21 county vocational school districts, who are seeking more funding to help keep pace with a rising demand for technical training that’s being driven, in part, by the manufacturing sector. Continue reading

NJ Launches ‘65 by ’25: Many Paths One Future’ Campaign; Higher Ed, Labor, Educators Partner with Business for Competitive, Innovative and Prosperous State

Princeton, NJ, October 28, 2017 — More than 100 education, business and industry leaders took part in the official launch September 19 of New Jersey’s 65 by ’25: Many Paths, One Future campaign at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Headquarters in Princeton.

With the pace of innovation rapidly accelerating, New Jersey must provide real economic opportunities for residents by supporting and creating pathways for everyone to acquire the skills and education that will help them secure rewarding careers.

According to the latest data available, 50.2 percent of New Jersey’s workers have some level of education or training beyond high school — well short of the 65 percent economists say will be needed by 2025 to meet the demand for a skilled labor workforce equipped with high-quality, industry-valued post-secondary credentials. Continue reading

NJ Launches ‘65 by ’25: Many Paths One Future’ Campaign; Higher Ed, Labor, Educators Business Partner for Competitive, Innovative Garden State

Princeton, NJ, October 24, 2017 — More than 100 education, business and industry leaders took part in the official launch September 19 of New Jersey’s 65 by ’25: Many Paths, One Future campaign at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Headquarters in Princeton.

With the pace of innovation rapidly accelerating, New Jersey must provide real economic opportunities for residents by supporting and creating pathways for everyone to acquire the skills and education that will help them secure rewarding careers.

According to the latest data available, 50.2 percent of New Jersey’s workers have some level of education or training beyond high school — well short of the 65 percent economists say will be needed by 2025 to meet the demand for a skilled labor workforce equipped with high-quality, industry-valued post-secondary credentials. Continue reading

Choose New Jersey Program Helps Students Begin Professional Careers Close to Home

Trenton, NJ, September 20, 2017 — While New Jersey colleges and universities are actively building facilities and creating programs to attract and retain students, New Jersey businesses are doing their part, too.

Choose New Jersey, though its Smart Students Choose New Jersey program, is helping high-achieving students who choose to advance their education in-state begin their professional careers close to home.

Thirty New Jersey college students who graduated from high schools in Newark and Camden had the opportunity to intern at businesses and non-profits in the Garden State this summer as part of the Smart Students program. Continue reading

Choose New Jersey Program Helps Students Begin Professional Careers Close to Home

Trenton, NJ, September 14, 2017 — While New Jersey colleges and universities are actively building facilities and creating programs to attract and retain students, New Jersey businesses are doing their part, too.

Choose New Jersey, though its Smart Students Choose New Jersey program, is helping high-achieving students who choose to advance their education in-state begin their professional careers close to home.

Thirty New Jersey college students who graduated from high schools in Newark and Camden had the opportunity to intern at businesses and non-profits in the Garden State this summer as part of the Smart Students program. Brianna Amos and Katherine Penafiel, interns at PSE&G, were among them. Continue reading

Op-Ed: NJ Assn. of State Colleges and Universities’ Dr. Michael Klein Urges ‘Modernize Contracts Laws for NJ’s State Colleges, Universities’

Dr. Michael Klein

Trenton, NJ, August 23, 2017NJ Spotlight on August 14 published the following op-ed by Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., executive director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities:

The ideal college, according to President James Garfield, was having Mark Hopkins, the president of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, “on one end of a log and a student on the other.”

Times have changed a bit since Garfield graduated from Williams in 1856. To be sure, professors and their classrooms are important, but so too are libraries, laboratories, computers, and high-speed connections to the Internet.  Continue reading

NJ Lawmakers Establish Legislative Manufacturing Caucus to Fund Expansion of Technical and Vocational Schools

Trenton, NJ, August 19, 2017 — Vince Calio reports in NJBIZ that vocational and technical workers in the state are set to get a large boost from the government.

State lawmakers on August 15 created the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, which will work over the next year to create legislation that would issue municipal bonds to fund the creation and expansion of technical vocation schools in the state.

Those schools are generally designed to train workers without four-year college degrees for careers in manufacturing, and give them a path to a four-year degree. Continue reading