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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Employees Often Donít Pay a Penny for New Certificates and Degrees at NJIT

Since 1990, NJIT has trained 57,700 people working at 546 New Jersey companies in leading-edge practices covering manufacturing, management, computing, engineering, information technology and computer science. 

“These courses are offered on premise at the company, and many are underwritten by significant grant money from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development,” said Gale Tenen Spak, associate vice president, Continuing and Distance Education at NJIT.   “Participating employees may earn continuing education units and even industry certifications.  The courses are customized to suit the needs of the industry or corporation.  Best news, yet, is employees don’t pay a penny.”

This program demonstrates one of many ways that the State of New Jersey strengthens New Jersey’s economy by making it possible for employers to have the benefit of a highly educated and skilled workforce that can rival global competitors.

Panasonic, Motorola, CVS, Burlington Coats, General Dynamics, Hatch Mott McDonald, and CIT Financial number among the recent partner companies that NJIT has served. And, this year, in response to changing workforce needs, NJIT has added a new and better component to this outreach program.

“We expanded our Weekend University Program,” said Spak.  “We made it possible for adults to gain both undergraduate and graduate degrees studying partially online while also attending classes on alternating weekends.  The classes last only 90 minutes.” 

NJIT has also launched a program making it easier for professionals in the workplace to obtain their master’s and/or doctoral degrees while remaining employed.  “What we see coming through our pipeline are professionals employed in key and emerging industries important to the state economy,” added Spak.

Among the exciting new offerings are programs in pharmaceutical engineering, homeland security, physical and digital counter-terrorism, emergency response management, and biomedical engineering. 

Employees at Wyeth Pharmaceutical epitomize the program.  “They have been staying late one night a week after work to study towards a 12-credit graduate certificate in pharmaceutical manufacturing.  They learn about research critical to what pharmaceutical companies need, such as facility design, validation and regulation, and equipment and processes.” 

Professionals from other industries also have an opportunity to receive leading- edge advanced education to fit their job responsibilities.

For more information about continuing education programs, call 973-596-8540, or for information about graduate degree programs, call the NJIT Office of Graduate Admissions at 973-596-3306.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.