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Academic Focus

Students in the Guaranteed Education Program MUST choose one of the following majors


New Jersey has reported shortages for the 2021-2022 school year in the subjects of bilingual education, science, math, special education, world languages, career and technical education and English as a Second Language, according to a U.S. Department of Education database.

Students who complete this focus track will be equipped to work with young people ranging from K-12 grade in Newark. Serving students that have similar barriers that they have overcome.

-Social Work

Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 78,300 openings for social workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Students who complete this focus tracks will be equipped to work with citizens in Newark that have been victims of violence and witnessed traumatic situations that included deaths, natural disasters, violent crime, sexual assault, domestic abuse, and drug and alcohol abuse. People may also experience trauma indirectly or directly which supports the need for students to obtain this degree. These courses of study will allow the students to be equipped to work in these spaces.


America’s healthcare workforce has been spotlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This spotlight has also brought increased focus to the nursing shortage that began in 2012 and is expected to last until 2030. The shortage is driven by many factors, including an increased need for healthcare around the country. As America's largest generation — the baby-boom generation — gets older, there will be an unprecedented strain on the healthcare system, with over a million new nurses needed by 2030.

The overall purpose of the nursing program is to provide students with challenges that expand their thinking and to develop tools to improve nursing practice. The faculty will guide students in the process of developing their knowledge, competencies and skills as exceptional professional nurses. Students who complete this focus track will be equipped to work with Newark residents, particularly the *medically underserved* population, providing medical care through a variety of medical practices.


The mission of the Psychology Program is to facilitate students' understanding of the science of psychology, as well as the values, knowledge, and skills required to pursue empowerment of self and others in a social justice context.

Students will acquire a broad understanding of the discipline of psychology, as well as a global awareness of issues affecting the development of psychological knowledge in other countries. At the same time, they will develop an appreciation of principles of ethical decision making, the importance of resilience, self-efficacy and self-advocacy as cornerstones of self-respect and self-determination, and the fundamental duty of social justice in working with underserved groups.

The Programs will prepare students to implement a range of empowerment strategies in their personal and interpersonal lives and work productively in their chosen fields.

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