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Empowerment Summit for Female Students From Newark  Hosted at New Jersey Institute of Technology

NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 22, 2017 — The TRiO Programs of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) welcomed more than 300 female students from 14 high schools across the City of Newark to campus Dec. 14 for the Newark Public Schools 2017 Newark Girl Power Career Summit. The inaugural event, where the excitement was palpable among a sea of girls dressed in pink “Newark Girl Power” T-shirts, was designed to inspire attendees to network, improve their educational outcomes and ultimately pursue competitive careers. 

“Our expectation is that the girls will have gained knowledge from the summit that will help to inform their decision-making about career options,” said CPCP Executive Director Jacqueline Cusack, Ed.D. “This was also an opportunity for CPCP to expand our outreach to the Newark school community through the positive summit experiences of student participants.” 

NJIT partnered on the summit with the Newark Public Schools (NPS) Office of Student Support Services, the City of Newark and My Sister’s Keeper, the last an organization dedicated to engaging and empowering young women through mentoring, peer-to-peer support and ongoing programming and workshops. Following opening remarks, the girls participated in a variety of breakout sessions focusing on careers, launching a business and other topics. 

“The goal of the Newark Girl Power Summit was to encourage our powerful young women of Newark to be fearless and to dream big! We exposed students to a network of strong, career-oriented women to plant the seed of greatness early on,” said Kelly T. Williams, Ed.D., NPS Special Assistant in the Office of Student Support Services. “The NJIT TRiO Programs have been instrumental in bringing the whole vision to life as they support our NPS students with Upward Bound and college readiness programming. We are so thankful for the partnership and look forward to future events!” 

About the Center for Pre-College Programs

The Center for Pre-College Programs was established in 1979 in order to increase access to scientific and technological fields among traditionally underrepresented populations and to improve the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary and elementary schools. Achievement is reflected in the accomplishments of its many pre-college alumni who become teachers who show the way to youngsters, engineers who create technology that allows astronauts to rendezvous in space, scientists who research new avenues to control and cure diseases, and financiers who strive to keep our economy flourishing. The Center for Pre-College Programs annually serves more than 3,000 elementary and secondary students and their teachers in a variety of programs. 

About NJIT

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT is among the top U.S. polytechnic public universities in research expenditures, exceeding $130 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. 

Tanya Klein
News and Media Relations Manager
Office of Strategic Communications
New Jersey Institute of Technology