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Governor Murphy Announces “Computer Science for All” Initiatives to Advance K-12 STEM Education


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Trenton NJ, Governor Phil Murphy today announced details of his “Computer Science for All” initiative, a plan to bring technology and programming-focused classes to schools across New Jersey. The FY 2019 budget includes $2 million to increase the number of public high schools that offer advanced computer science courses.

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Ridgewood Teen Wins $25,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood teen Deena Shefter has been awarded a $25,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship. Shefter attended Bergen County Academies (BCA),  a STEM-focused magnet high school in Bergen County , she is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. Her research investigates the connection between multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis . 

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Good news for college grads in NJ … who have THESE degrees


By David Matthau May 8, 2017 2:38 AM

The sun is shining the birds are chirping and the class of 2017 is about to graduate, which means going out and looking for a job.

According to Kim Barberich, executive director of the Rider University Career Development & Success Department, this year’s job outlook for new graduates is looking better than last year.

“The landscape looks like there’s going to be, for 2017, about a 6 percent increase in hiring, I think that’s really exciting,” she said.

Dora Onyschak, the New Jersey metro market manager and vice president at Robert Half, a staffing and employment agency, said 74 percent of employers are hiring new grads this year.

The top degrees that employers are looking for are business, engineering and communication technologies.

Barberich adds that “healthcare is also a really strong domain right now, especially because New Jersey has so many pharmaceutical companies.”

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Ridgewood to designate funds for design, engineering of parking garages


JUNE 11, 2015    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015, 3:15 PM

As the concept of a new parking deck edges closer to becoming a reality, the Village Council has introduced a bond ordinance in the amount of $500,000 for pre-construction activities.

The ordinance was introduced unanimously on Wednesday night and designates money for the design and engineering phases of the project, which would follow a decision on the type of parking deck to be built. Two weeks ago, the village hired Walker Parking Consultants to perform a study of the Hudson Street lot to issue a report which will assist officials in making that determination.

Last week, council members discussed the bond for pre-construction costs and laid out an ideal timeline for completion of such activities, and a potential non-binding referendum in November for a garage on Hudson Street.

Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld said the $500,000 figure was based on the approximately $467,000 spent by Millburn on design and engineering when it constructed a downtown parking deck a few years ago, along with the financing costs for the bond issue and the contract amount for Walker Parking Consultants.

If all goes according to plan, the village will have the results of the traditional versus automated parking deck study by the end of June or early July, said Sonenfeld. The council would then be able to decide what type of garage will be built and a request for proposal (RFP) can be advertised. With a design in hand by October or November, the construction can be bid and shovels would be in the ground after the winter thaw in 2016.

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What science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) Shortage?


What science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) Shortage?
The sector isn’t seeing wage growth and has more graduates than jobs.
By Steven Camarota

The idea that we need to allow in more workers with science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) background is an article of faith among American business and political elite.

But in a new report, my Center for Immigration Studies colleague Karen Zeigler and I analyze the latest government data and find what other researchers have found: The country has well more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade. Both employment and wage data indicate that such workers are not in short supply.

Reports by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the RAND Corporation, the Urban Institute, and the National Research Council have all found no evidence that STEM workers are in short supply. PBS even published an opinion piece based on the EPI study entitled, “The Bogus High-Tech Worker Shortage: How Guest Workers Lower U.S. Wages.” This is PBS, mind you, which is as likely to publish something skeptical of immigration as it is to publish something skeptical of taxpayer subsidies for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.