JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU) and the NJCU School of Business have been named one of the top universities in the nation for experiential learning for 2022, according to the inaugural independent analysis recently announced by Forage — a company that provides career skills training from Fortune 500 companies through a virtual platform.
The recognition from Forage, based on the analysis of over 800 universities nationally to develop the inaugural list of top colleges for experiential learning, means that NJCU is rated among the top 1% of institutions in the country. NJCU was awarded the No. 36 national ranking for experiential learning.
Josh Iannuzzi, the Director of Career Services for the NJCU School of Business, added “We are honored at NJCU to be ranked amongst the top colleges and universities in experiential learning nationwide. This is a testament to our hard-working students who are dedicated to their own professional development and achieving the highest of career aspirations. This determination is innate in our diverse student population and is exactly what employers are seeking in the next generation of talent.”
In March 2021, NJCU announced that its School of Business had become the first New Jersey-based university to partner with Forage — to provide students with a self-paced remote work experience. The initiative was part of the NJCU School of Business’ focus is on graduating job-ready, data-driven future business leaders. The partnership with Forage helps to equip NJCU’s students with critically important real-life skills. The rankings from Forage are helping to create awareness about the importance of experiential learning.
“We know that our diverse student population has the drive and skills required to succeed in the workplace,” said Iannuzzi. “Forage has been especially valuable to our institution because now all students have the opportunity to gain experience through their virtual simulated internship platform.”
The virtual work experiences offered by Forage are voluntary and typically take between 5-6 hours to complete. At the conclusion of the program, students can earn a certification from the participating employer in any number of subject areas. These experiences and competencies can be extremely valuable to students seeking a competitive edge when applying to future internships and jobs.
These experiences offer students the opportunity to learn career skills from a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies. In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual work experience replicates internships, through which students learn relevant tools and skills necessary to compete in the current job market. There is no cost to participate for existing NJCU students.
Some of the partner companies offering projects to the NJCU School of Business have included: Deloitte, KPMG, General Electric, JP Morgan, Citi, Grant Thornton, Accenture and more, in the areas of business analytics, data science, problem solving, innovation, soft skills, human resources, commercial banking, investment banking, consumer banking, audit, markets, and more.
Iannuzzi added “Many of our students are balancing a full-time course load, part-time jobs, and numerous other responsibilities. The Forage simulated internship program helps to meet our students where they are at, by connecting them with simulated internship experiences on their pace and schedule. This accessibility is a game-changer for our diverse first-generation talent.”
The mission of Forage is to “build a world where opportunity is truly evenly distributed, where technology allows more people to find the perfect career.” The organization has over one million student enrollments, 70+ programs in diverse industries and roles, and more than 100 companies represented.
About the NJCU School of Business:
Located in Jersey City’s Harborside Financial District, the NJCU School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programming in data science, financial technology, supply chain, sports management, global business, and a wide range of traditional business majors. To learn more about the partnership with Forage or to recruit local NJCU students, contact the Director of Career Services, Josh Iannuzzi at Jiannuzzi2@njcu.edu or 201-200-2194.
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, 30 graduate or three doctoral programs at our three locations — our main campus in Jersey City, our School of Business located in the heart of the Jersey City Financial District, or our newest location at NJCU @ Fort Monmouth which expands bachelor's and master's degree offerings along the Jersey Shore, 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.