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NJ Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks: ‘In Praise of Peace and Prosperity’

Secretary Rochelle Hendricks

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

Judging by the many excellent submissions we received for our special International Theme blog, New Jersey colleges and universities clearly understand the critical importance of preparing our students to serve and compete in an increasingly global society.

I am delighted that New Jersey institutions are offering opportunities for study in West Africa, Cuba, the Alps and Venice, to name but a few of the international locations described in stories elsewhere in our blog today.   Continue reading

NJIT Presents Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks with Honorary Doctorate; Graduates Encouraged to ‘Dream Big’ at 101st Commencement

Rochelle Hendricks

Newark, NJ, May 22, 2017 — New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) conferred more than 2,300 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees — the largest graduating class in the university’s history — at the 101st commencement ceremony May 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey’s first Secretary of Higher Education, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and delivered the commencement address in which she encouraged graduates to “dream big” and to “pay it forward” by becoming involved in the community. Continue reading

NJ Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks: ’65 by ’25’: Many Paths, One Future

Rochelle Hendricks

Trenton, NJ, May 8, 2017New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks writes in her April 2017 newsletter:

As the semester draws to a close, I hope you will enjoy our special issue this month on what New Jersey’s colleges and universities are doing to enhance opportunities for students interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

STEM jobs are the jobs of the future, with more than 200,000 STEM-related positions needing to be filled by 2025.  This represents both a challenge and an opportunity. Continue reading

NJIT Hosts Ribbon Cutting of Renovated Central King Building

Newark, NJ, April 22, 2017 — Once home to thousands of Newark Central High School students, the Central King Building at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) today exemplifies intelligent, creative and economically impactful urban redevelopment that serves NJIT students, industry and the local community.

On April 13, 2017, more than 200 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of NJIT witnessed the official ribbon cutting of the renovated Central King Building, part of a campus transformation designed to enhance the student experience and solidify NJIT’s position going forward as one of the nation’s leading public polytechnic universities. Continue reading

Governor Christie Partners with Community Colleges to Create New Economic Opportunities for All Residents

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, March 23, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie on March 20 announced a new partnership with the state’s 19 community colleges to provide all New Jerseyans with new pathways to economic opportunity through an expansion of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s “Career Connections” network.

Governor Christie made the announcement at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, where state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Acting Commissioner Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph. D., Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, and presidents from New Jersey’s community colleges convened to sign the agreement, setting a goal to increase the percentage of New Jersey residents who have earned employer-valued certificates and college degrees to at least 65 percent by 2025. Continue reading

New Jersey Is Progressive in Promoting STEM Education and Job Training

Trenton, NJ, March 21, 2017 — Lisa Goulian Twiste writes in New Jersey Business, the monthly magazine of the NJBIA, that the term STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) first caught on in the late 1990s, referring to education policy and curriculum designed to improve competitiveness in science and technology related subjects.

It was around this time the US began to see declining enrollment and graduates in STEM related fields, leading educators to increase programming at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels.

Almost two decades later, New Jersey is among the most progressive states in promoting STEM across grade levels, as government agencies, universities and corporations work together to advance education and programming. Continue reading

NJ Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks: ‘Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Matter More than Ever’

Rochelle Hendricks

Trenton, NJ, March 12, 2017New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks writes in her March 2017 newsletter:

Historically, New Jersey has led the nation in providing a richly diverse student population with many pathways to gain access to life-changing, high-quality higher education.  For nearly 50 years, the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program has helped thousands of students from the lowest income levels in the State achieve their dreams.

Annually, the program supports nearly 13,000 students at 41 institutions.  A survey conducted by the Education Trust/Education Delivery Institute in Washington, D.C. found that New Jersey’s EOF program ranked first out of fifteen states when examining the six-year college graduation rate of low income students. Continue reading

Christie Administration Announces Award of $180 Million for 35 Higher-Education Construction Projects at 32 Institutions

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Rochelle Hendricks

Trenton, NJ, June 29, 2016 — New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks has sent the State Legislature her certified list of 35 higher-education capital construction project grants that will boost technology, support the health sciences and renovate laboratories and classrooms at 32 institutions across New Jersey, benefiting thousands of students.

In making the announcement on June 28, Governor Chris Christie said, “We have made an historic commitment to funding higher education in this State, which is continued today with the award of a second round of grant funding to ensure that New Jersey’s colleges and universities have some of the best facilities in the nation.”

The projects were submitted to the Legislature for further consideration, and the list of recommended project grants can be found here. Continue reading

New Jersey Business Publishes ‘Innovation Ecosystem’ Special Supplement; Highlights Academic-Industry Collaborations

NJ Business Innovation Ecoysystem 2016Trenton, NJ, June 9, 2016New Jersey Business magazine, a publication of New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) has published a special supplement, “Innovation Ecosystem: Forging Academic & Industry Collaborations,” that was unveiled this week at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) annual international convention in San Francisco.

The supplement includes profiles of Montclair State University, Rowan University, Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology.

In the report’s introductory letter, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks wrote, “Now, more than ever, our New Jersey colleges and universities are becoming fully engaged partners with business and industry.  Together, we are conducting exciting research, equipping students with industry-valued credentials and degrees, while driving innovation that will keep us competitive in the global economy.” Continue reading

Governor Christie Highlights Progress on Innovative Learning Facility at NJIT

Governor Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, May 5, 2016 ― Highlighting his commitment to provide New Jersey’s institutions of higher learning with the resources they need to prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century, Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday toured the Central King Building, an ongoing improvement project on the NJIT campus in Newark.

The project is funded through the Building Our Future General Obligation Bond Act (the GO Bond Act), which was signed into law by Governor Christie in 2012 and approved by voters.

“The Go Bond Act is making it possible for New Jersey’s colleges and universities to provide modern, world-class facilities to retain our best students and attract research partners who are looking to bring good-paying jobs and businesses here,” said Governor Christie.  “This investment in our institutions of higher education will pay dividends in generations to come.” Continue reading