Community Colleges Support Economic Development Strategic Plan

TRENTON, N.J.— Today, Governor Murphy released his economic development strategic plan, “The State of Innovations: Building a Stronger and Fairer Economy in New Jersey.” The New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the state organization that works to strengthen and support New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, released the following statements regarding today’s announcement:

“We are excited to work with Governor Murphy and his administration to ensure that New Jersey has the most skilled workforce in the country,” said New Jersey Community College Presidents Chairman and Passaic County Community College President Steven M. Rose, Ed.D. “In today’s ever-changing economy, more and more New Jerseyans will need a post-secondary credential or degree in order to have a career that provides a family sustaining wage. We appreciate the Governor investing in people as a sound strategy to provide socio-economic mobility, while growing our economy at the same time.”

“New Jersey’s community colleges provide people with a path to the middle class,” said Mercer County Community College President Jianping Wang, Ed.D. “Community colleges are well-positioned to provide a diverse population of New Jerseyans with the education and skills they need to meet the needs of employers and fuel economic growth.”

“New Jersey’s economic growth is closely linked to the talent development of our residents,” said Camden County College President Donald Borden. “Our community colleges have a proven track record of providing employer-driven education to students that creates seamless pathways to the workforce.”

“We commend Governor Murphy and his administration for recognizing the important role that a skilled workforce plays in economic growth,” said New Jersey Council of County Colleges President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D. “The Governor’s plan to expand access to higher education through free community college will play a key role in providing the skilled workforce New Jersey needs to grow our economy.”

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