NJCU and NPower Launch New Agreement for Cybersecurity Students

February 22, 2021
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU) and NPower, a national tech training nonprofit, have signed an agreement granting qualified NPower graduates the ability to transfer nine (9) credits towards Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity at the institution.

NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. In addition to New Jersey, NPower currently operates in California, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Texas.

This new agreement provides NPower graduates another opportunity to further their education in one of the nation’s fastest growing fields.

Launched in Spring 2020, the Cybersecurity program is housed within the College of Professional Studies and its Professional Security Studies department. It is one of the few in the country to be designated as a center of academic excellence (CAE) in both cybersecurity and intelligence. Additionally, the department is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-DCE) by the National Security Agency in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In December 2020, NJCU received the ASTORS Homeland Security Award for Cyber Defense, National Security and Intelligence programs — the only institution of higher education in the nation honored by the organization.

Commenting on this new partnership Helen Kogan, NPower’s Executive Director, NY/NJ Metro Area said “It is a privilege and an honor to partner with NJCU. The University has housed our Jersey City training facility since 2015, and we welcome this opportunity for collaboration. NPower and NJCU share a mission of providing a diverse population of learners with an excellent education.”

“With a mission to move people from poverty to the middle class, NPower’s mission compliments NJCU’s commitment to educating minds, nourishing souls, and lifting communities,” noted Dr. Michael Edmondson, the Dean of NJCU’s College of Professional Studies. “We are proud to partner with a national nonprofit that has a successful track record.”

The NJCU Center for Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary center for education, training and research. The center aims to provide current and future professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete and excel within the cyber security community. The academic foundation for students within the discipline is built through their degree program, certificates and research opportunities.

About NPower

NPower is a national tech training nonprofit on a mission to move people from poverty to the middle class. NPower concentrates on providing youth from underserved communities and veterans with a range of tech skills and finding them quality jobs. NPower also places students in paid internships with corporate and nonprofit organizations. Students who enter their free, six-month program, earn industry-recognized certifications and graduate with the competencies of an IT professional with one to two years of experience. Eighty percent of NPower graduates get a full-time job or continue their education. Not only is NPower changing life trajectories for individuals from vulnerable communities but they are also strengthening the overall competitiveness of U.S. businesses hamstrung by today’s limited pool of IT talent. To learn more about NPower, visit http://www.npower.org.

About NJCU

New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 50 undergraduate, 28 graduate or three doctoral programs, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.

We’re also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we’ve established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults.

At NJCU, we’re not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We’re changing the game.


Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301