NJIT Continuing Education Program Receives $2.8 Million Grant
NEWARK, Feb. 21- A $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is funding "Bridging the Gap," a two-year continuing education program at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, which prepares women, minorities and people with disabilities for jobs in information technology throughout New Jersey.
"The curriculum reflects the demands in the industry
for Internet and technology specialists who can design, implement, and
manage complex Internet web sites and applications," says Gale
Tenen Spak, associate vice president, continuing and distance education.
The program includes an 18-week training course and eight
weeks of paid internship. Depending on choice and personal situation,
students can study in computer classrooms in Newark or online from their
homes using computers and Internet access which the university is furnishing.
The first group of 16 classroom-based students will complete their studies
on June 22. By the conclusion of grant funding in 2003, more than 370
students will be trained. At least three-quarters of the graduates are
expected to obtain jobs with average salaries from $27,000 to $32,500.
Bridging the Gap resembles a similar effort which Spak
and others at NJIT
At WePlayIt.com, an Internet startup in Mount Laurel, Erwin Racimo, Mount Laurel, is director of operations. "The most important aspect to the training program was the networking with companies in the IT field," said Racimo. Weekly presentations by council members were invaluable to his future career success and internships improved his networking and database management skills, he adds.
The two-year grant is a partnership formed by the New
Jersey Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) of Newark, Union, and Morris/Sussex/Warren
counties with the NJIT Division of Continuing Professional Education;
Community Options, Inc. Morristown; and the New Jersey Technology Council,
NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.