Newark Mayor Baraka, NJIT to host ‘Instant Decision Day’ on Thursday for high schoolers

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The City of Newark is joining with New Jersey Institute of Technology, Brick City Peace Collective, Newark People’s Assembly and Gateway U on Thursday to host “Instant Decision College and Career Exploration Day,” according to an announcement from the office of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.

During the day, 500 high school seniors selected from Newark public and charter schools will be able to get instant decisions on their college and trade school applications from institutions in attendance.

This is the first such collaboration to support the college entry process for Newark students selected by the board of education and charter schools.

The colleges and trade schools will provide student support to navigate a post-secondary education plan. Additionally, nearly 100 college ambassadors will work directly with the high school students to guide them through the programs and event activities.

“The college admission process can be a daunting one for high school seniors, and we want to enable them to achieve their dreams of success, manifest their excellence and become the change they want to see in the world,” Baraka said. “My administration is committed to helping those seniors through this process, and the ‘Instant Decision College and Career Exploration’ event will do so. I thank our partners for their support and congratulate all the seniors who will benefit from this program.”

Local academic institutions participating in the event include Saint Elizabeth University, Saint Peter’s University, Caldwell University, Montclair State University, Aviation Institute of Maintenance and New Community Career & Technical Institute.

“This is a great opportunity for the students of Newark, as we are dedicated to providing students with the resources needed to excel,” Newark Superintendent Roger León said. “We are committed to ensuring that every student is equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and experiences to thrive. We foster an inclusive and supportive learning environment that prepares them to confidently navigate their path towards college success and returning to give back to the great city of Newark.”

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center, located at 104 Lock St.

Sponsors of the event include NJIT, Brick City Peace Collective, Gateway U, the Office of Comprehensive Community Education, Newark Public Schools and the Newark People’s Assembly.