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Education Career Fair Brings Jobs to Students

Lou Manzione appears on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato

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Talent Pipeline Conference Offers New Insights for Onboarding Recent Grads

The Talent Pipeline Conference held at the training center at Trane NY/NJ in Pine Brook prevailed over a winter storm to offer deans, administrators and professors from the independent colleges of New Jersey some rare insights into corporate recruiting strategies, career success tools, and ways to address the factors contributing to the gap between college graduation and onboarding in that first job. 

Lou Manzione, Ph.D., President of the Independent Colleges of New Jersey, opened by sharing the commitment of our members colleges to fuel the talent pipeline with students and graduates from our institutions.  By opening the dialogue about the challenges for college graduates in finding employment, the opportunity to build relationships that foster opportunities is developed.  The Talent Pipeline introduced member institutions to the extensive process and multiple factors that determine where a business looks for talent.  Jenn Guerin, Trane; and Jessica Willard, Ingersoll Rand; shared their recruiting and onboarding process with a focus on return on investment for campus to direct hires. All businesses want access to talent that can integrate successfully into their workforce. 

Stefani Thachik, Office of the Scretary of Higher Education, joined the event via conference call providing support and enthusiasm for the work of the independent colleges in meeting workforce demand.  She applauded the group for making the talent pipeline a priority for New Jersey students.  Colleen Malloy, Portfolium, provided a brief introduction over the phone of the Badging: New Assessment for the 21st Century Skills program.  A webinar will be offered as follow-up to the Talent Pipeline allowing a better introduction to this offering. 

Jan Percival, Accenture, captured the attention of the audience with the Skills to Succeed Academy presention.  The free digital learning and career readiness platform offered the audience an opportunity to see themselves within the workforce.  Participants worked through a series of scenarios that posed a number of career advancing or delaying responses.  The best response allows one to move forward.  Within the fun and entertainment were lessons about first day preparedness, understanding the business culture and balancing work-life choices. 

During a working lunch, Trane and Ingersoll Rand representatives were joined by Miguel Frias, Passaic School District (far right); and Maryanne Spatola, Solix, Inc. (second from left); to discuss the gaps they are seeing in talent pipeline, what they look for in applicants, the expectation of
industry for college graduates.  Ms. Spatola addressed the issue of emtional intelligence through a campus to corporate program. It focuses on transitioning from school behavior to the corporate environment.  One important topic included helping students understand the value of working collabortively across differnt departments within a company.  Common threads continue to emerge for early talent: communications skills, work ethic and experiential learning.  The concept of learning to learn must be integrated into all aspects of college life because ti will help students be successful over time.  An important talent given today's students may ave up to 12 jobs and change fields 3 to 4 times.

For those who found themselves thwarted by the weather, the independent colleges is conducting a survey of scheduled participants who are asked to share the top three items they want our colleges to understand about onboarding college graduates.  Watch for the results.

Thanks to all the speakers, participants and sponsors.

Annual Meetings Promotes Investing in Future

Lou Manzione Moderates NJBIZ Panel on Higher Education

Lou Manzione, President, Independent Colleges of New Jersey, prompted industry leaders to share their thoughts on ways to address the significant issues impacting higher education in New Jersey.  The panel included Steven Sirot, College Benefits Research Group; Samuel Conn, Ph.D., NJEdge; Jason Redd, Gibbons, P.C.; Craig Westman, Rutgers University-Camden. 

Panel member discussed a variety of issues and responded to audience questions on:

  • strategies to attract new college students to New Jersey
  • promotion of New Jersey colleges as the right fit for academic success
  • college affordability options
  • early access to career and workforce opportuntiies to fuel the talent pipeline
  • increased digitization in education
  • re-education of baby boomers due to downsizing/second careers
Read more about this event in the NJBIZ post conference article.

Independent Higher Education Gets Support at Annual Golf Outing

Supporting student choice in higher educatiion is serious business for the ICFNJ Board of Trustees.  On Monday, September 17th, the board sponsored Annual Golf Outing made setting a student's course for life the business of the day.  Foursomes teed off at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston to make a serious difference in the educational opportuntiies offered by its member colleges and universities...but even serious business can be tempered with a bit of fun.

Annual Spring Dinner Highlights Student Scholars as Beneficiaries

On June 6th, John B. Wilson was the recipient of the heartfelt accolades earned by spending a lifetime making a difference for New Jersey's independent colleges and their students.  The Annual Spring Dinner program showcased the talent, commitment and enthusiasm  of the students who have made the efforts worthwhile.
Honoree tributes for J.B. Wilson included the reading of a poem authored by Kearney Dietz, President, Arkansas' Independent Colleges & Universities; Dr. Hope Wiliiams, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, presentation of a proclamation declaring Mr. Wilson an honorary southern gentleman, and comments by Richard A. Levao, Esq., President, Bloomfield College and Dr. Eugene Cornacchia, President, Saint Peter's University.

J. B. Wilson's 28 year tenure at ICFNJ/AICUNJ caps a 48 year career devoted to advancing higher education.  He has been a determined advocate communicating the value of the sector and tirelessly promoted federal and state support to help fund the independent colleges and their students.  Helping to raise and distribute more than $46 million, he has supported student success through access and affordability as the foundation for student persistence, academic achievement and degree attainment.  Thank you, Mr. Wilson.

ICFNJ gratefully acknowledges the support of the Annual Spring Dinner Sponsors.

Economic Impact Report Yields Important News for State

For news coverage, click on following:

Should NJ private colleges get public money? New report makes case
Adding It Up: Economic Impact of New Jersey's Private Colleges

TAG and EOF -- Grateful Graduates


The Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) and Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) programs not only enabled thousands of New Jersey students to attend college, but made it possible for them to graduate as well. Those graduates, who are using their degrees to build new lives and new careers, say "thank you" to everyone who makes TAG and EOF possible.