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Contact Information: Tanya Klein News & Media Relations Manager 973-596-3433

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WHAT: The Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) at NJIT will host its third annual Open House for middle and high school students and parents to learn about the wealth of services and programs available throughout the academic year and summer to enhance college readiness and success, particularly aimed at increasing and diversifying the pipeline in STEM. Due to an overwhelming number of registrations for the event held Jan. 12, 2019, CPCP is offering a second event March 23, 2019. March is also STEM month for the state of New Jersey.

WHEN AND WHERE/AGENDA:

Saturday, March 23, 2019

9 a.m. – Noon

Campus Center Atrium

Registration required

- 9 a.m. – Noon           Saturday and Summer Programs Information Tables

- 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Hands-on Activities (continuous)

- 10:30 a.m.                 Getting Ready for College Presentation

- 11:30 a.m.                 NJIT Campus Tour

WHY: A shortage of students interested in and academically prepared to complete STEM-related degrees at the postsecondary level to meet the workforce demands in STEM is a national, state and local issue, particularly for underrepresented populations such as females and minorities. Nationally, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy projected 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs by 2018. At the state level, Carnevale, Smith and Melton (2014) projected that 6 percent of all jobs in New Jersey would be STEM-related by 2018. To fulfill NJIT’s four-pronged mission of education, research, economic development and service, the Center for Pre-College Programs continues its commitment to “inspire young minds for college access and success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”

BACKGROUND: Established in 1979, the Center for Pre-College Programs is celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of the state’s oldest and most successful pre-college programs. CPCP began its annual Open Houses in 2017 to highlight the services and program offerings for rising 4th- through 12th-graders.

FOR MORE INFORMATIONCenter for Pre-College Programs at NJIT, 973-596-3550, cpcp@njit.edu.

One of only 32 polytechnic universities in the United States, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. NJIT is rated an "R1" research university by the Carnegie Classification®, which indicates the highest level of research activity. NJIT conducts approximately $162 million in research activity each year and has a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is among the top 2 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT also is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 public national universities.