Gov. Phil Murphy has laid out a clear agenda to establish New Jersey as an innovation destination for companies to call home. His administration’s plan is to leverage the second-to-none education infrastructure in New Jersey to provide businesses a workforce that is prepared with 21st-century skills. There are already signs that this message is resonating with multinational companies, as evidenced by recent relocations by Mars Wrigley, expansions by Lockheed Martin and Home Depot, and the fact that Newark is a finalist for Amazon’s HQ2.
One of the key components of this workforce development plan is to introduce an apprenticeship model that expands the traditional view that apprenticeships are only relevant for trade occupations. Gov. Murphy is looking to Germany — a country that has one of the most well-respected apprenticeship models in the world and a country with which he is very familiar as a former banker and ambassador — to inspire higher education to radically expand apprenticeships into a variety of new industries. These include high-growth areas such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy and utilities, financial services, IT and software, and health care.
Montclair State is apprenticeship ready.
Montclair State University is looking forward to working directly with industry and business leaders, local municipalities and government entities, trade organizations and the school districts that make up the K-12 feeder system to design and build apprenticeship programs to support innovation in a variety of areas. Some of the reasons to consider working with Montclair State University:
- As a majority-minority and Hispanic-Serving Institution, Montclair State’s 21,000 students accurately reflect the changing demographics of New Jersey. The University already has a proven track record educating tomorrow’s workforce.
- 11 colleges and schools provide a wealth of resources and assets to support the design and implementation of innovative apprenticeship programs. The University can work collaboratively with organizations to apply these resources for those programs identified as key for success.
- A newly established Continuing and Professional Education unit with a skills-forward approach prepares professionals and companies with those skills required for success in the 21st Offerings include blockchain (recognized by Forbes magazine and the first NJ institution to offer a blockchain certificate in New Jersey), criminal translation and corporate training.
- In addition to its academic resources, Montclair State is home to 30 centers and seven institutes that already contribute to the strength and health of New Jersey’s businesses and communities, including the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, the Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences and the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Montclair State has just completed two state-of-the-art facilities, the School of Communication and Media, with a leading-edge production facility developed in partnership with Sony, and the brand new Center for Computing and Information Science.
- The University has established relationships with the K-12 feeder school systems in a variety of ways: Network for Educational Renewal, Hispanic Student College Institute, Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program, and blockchain coursework in the Marketing and Business Career Technical Education track at the new Donald M. Payne Tech in Newark.
To learn how Montclair State University can work with your organization to establish a career-oriented apprenticeship program, contact Dr. Peter McAliney, executive director of Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE), at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-655-6824.
Graduates of New Jersey’s public community and senior colleges will receive a 5 percent discount on all noncredit-bearing certificate programs. To learn more, or to register for a Continuing and Professional Education course or any of the online degree programs, visit montclair.edu/cape.