Training program

3 colleges will help NJ ‘pay it forward’ in new training program

Inaugural career-focused college programs were announced Wednesday as Governor Phil Murphy and a slew of New Jersey officials activated the $12.5 million “Pay it Forward” program.

The state said diploma, certificate and diploma programs would be offered in registered nursing at Hudson County Community College, cybersecurity at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as welding. , at Camden County College.

“We’re taking Pay it Forward off the drawing board, where we announced it in June of last year, and adding it to the many ways our state is making quality job training available to every resident,” Murphy said.

The New Jersey CEO Council has contributed about $5 million to the program, according to a state release, while the state itself has allocated $5 million in fiscal year 2022 and $2.5 million. dollars in fiscal year 2023.

Murphy pointed out that the Garden State is the first in the nation to make this kind of commitment to workforce development and career advancement.

“It’s truly Jersey designed and a Jersey built effort,” he said. “This is an effort that reaffirms our commitment to quality post-secondary education.”

What the money will cover, for the most part, are zero-interest loans, no fees and no upfront costs, according to the state.

The governor said living allowances would also be provided and one of the goals was to give New Jerseyans a better life for themselves and their families.

“It will also cover the cost of books, classroom materials and other supplies. Additionally, these students will receive essential wraparound services, such as career counseling and mental health supports,” Murphy said. “Through Pay it Forward, we are able to remove much of the uncertainty and stress that so often accompanies the decision to train and upgrade.”

The “forward” in the program’s name comes from loan payments, which will be recycled into the revolving fund to help future students.

Any loan balance remaining after five years would be forgiven to those in good standing, the state said.

Learn more about njpayitforward.org.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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