Welcome to Newark Area Industry Linked – Information Technology (NAIL-IT)

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Essex County College a $2.75M grant, part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program (TAACCCT), to create three new degree programs in Information Technology. The three Associate in Applied Science Degree programs which take between 18 months and two years to complete, are Cybersecurity and Networks, Health Information Technology, and Software Development. There are also six certification programs possible, which typically take up to one year to complete. All programs feature expanded online learning strategies with associated student support, and offer stacked and latticed credentials that accelerate career advancement for workers. The programs address the hiring and skill needs of employers in Essex County College service area of northern New Jersey and New York City.

Credit-bearing courses facilitate the knowledge, skills, and competencies required for IT credentials, including Certified A+ Technician, Security+, Cisco Certified Network Associate – Security, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Oracle Certified Associate, JAVA SE 7 Programmer, Pearson/VUE HIPT Trainer, SQL Server 2012, Cloud Security Alliance Certificate for Cloud Security Knowledge, and EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator. Students will earn industry credentials and college certificates that are valued by employers while simultaneously achieving an Associate Degree, these credits are then transferable toward a BS in Information Technology.

Working with partners Newark Alliance and the NJ Department of Labor’s Talent Networks, Essex County College has formed employer advisory groups to develop industry internship opportunities that provide students with valuable real-world applications of their academic work. Partner iQ4 will provide a digital database of student and employer profiles, to match student skills with employer skill needs. Through strong partnerships with regional employers and the workforce system, and with support from leading national nonprofit partner organizations Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), Essex County College is reaching out to minorities, veterans and women, often considered to be non-traditional students in the high demand fields of Information Technology.

The first classes begin spring 2015; semesters are ongoing. For additional information about the Nail-IT program, and to see how this program can benefit your career visit us at Essex County College, Center for Technology, 303 University Avenue, room T232, Newark, NJ 07102 or contact NAIL-IT Director Barbara Hughes. Contact information below.

Contact Information

Barbara Hughes, Director
Center For Technology: Room T232
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973.877.3328
Email: bhughes@essex.edu

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