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OP-ED: New school at NJIT aligns with tech workforce needs Joel S. Bloom is president of New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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In 2016, the U.S. had 3 million more available STEM jobs than it had skilled workers to fill them. And the Wall Street Journal has reported there are 1.3 million STEM jobs available each year and only 600,000 new graduates in the STEM fields. That demand has been great for NJIT students, who are realizing an average of nearly three job offers before graduation and starting salaries almost 20 percent above those of their peers at other universities. But it also presents a challenge for the technology-driven industries that are the backbone of our economy.

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