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NJIT, EmbanetCompass partner on degree programs

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NJIT and EmbanetCompass are partnering to launch three online master’s degree programs beginning in the fall, as part of a plan to offer 10 or more online graduate programs in each of NJIT’s college and graduate schools.

“Online learning continues to provide unprecedented opportunities for more professionals to obtain a higher education and successfully compete in today’s demanding job market,” said Steve Fireng, president and CEO of EmbanetCompass.

The new programs will ready students for jobs in the high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering and math, often referred to as STEM. They will include master’s degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and business administration focused on the management of technology.

“The ability to simultaneously offer multiple graduate masters’ programs in the in-demand field of STEM will be a key competitive advantage for NJIT,” said NJIT President Joel Bloom. “Our expanded partnership with EmbanetCompass will enable us to offer high quality graduate degree programs based on effective curriculum that match the skills in demand in both the local and national economy.”

EmbanetCompass partners with 35 colleges and universities to provide 120 online academic programs.

Tim Mullane, a New Jersey regional vice president for Robert Half Technology, said the Garden State is a great place for technology professionals to live due to the strong financial services, pharmaceutical and telecommunications markets.

“If you have an MBA in computer science, there is virtually no unemployment,” he said. “The hottest skills right now in New Jersey and the U.S. are for Web and mobile applications developers. The demand for those professionals is much higher than the supply.”

Mullane said that during the recession, many companies, in an attempt to keep expenses in line, held off on upgrading their software systems.

“Now those systems are out of date and they have no choice but to update them,” Mullane said. “They need high-skilled technology professionals to do that.”

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