Education & Workforce

THE SMARTEST STATE IN AMERICA

New Jersey is the smartest state in America: here’s proof. We are home to one of the most highly educated, highly educated workforces in the United States.

  • 40% of New Jersey’s workforce graduates from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher. The national average stands at only 32%. 
  • 16% of our workforce has an advanced graduate or professional degree, compared to 12% nationwide. 
  • The State also has the 2nd highest high school graduation rate in the country: 90.5% compared to the national average of 88%. 
  • Plus, New Jersey boasts the highest concentration of scientists and engineers per square mile in the U.S. – tied with Massachusetts.  

A NATIONAL LEADER IN EDUCATION

From our nationally ranked universities to quality public school systems, New Jersey is an undisputed education leader. New Jersey earned the #2 spot for educating students at all levels according to the US News & World Report’s 10 Best States for Education. 

 More than 535,000 students are enrolled in the State’s 63 public and private colleges and universitiesIn US News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings, Princeton University earned the #1 spot for the 9th consecutive year. Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Stevens Institute of Technology and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) broke the list’s Top 100Our elite colleges and universities not only feed the talent pool – they also produce world-class research and offer public-private collaboration opportunities.

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EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION

New Jersey sets the national standard for education the next generation. From preschool to graduate school, we invest in our students to help us build the foundation for innovation. Our state has the #1 public school system in America. We are ranked #1 for early childhood education.

Our K-12 schoolconsistently receive prestigious accolades. The U.S. Department of Education recognized 9 National Blue Ribbon Schools in New Jersey in 2019. High Technology High School in Lincroft is ranked the #1 STEM high school in the country.

With more than 90% of seniors receiving their high school diplomas, and as one of two states with the highest percentage of kids enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs, New Jersey is uniquely positioned to help students succeed. We are also the first state in the nation to mandate arts education for all students.

LEADING THE WAY IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING

New Jersey has a well-earned reputation for its programs to respond quickly to the rapidly changing needs of employers with a comprehensive approach to helping businesses find and train employees. This includes competitive Employee Training Grants, Apprenticeship Training and On-the-Job Training programs.

New Jersey also offers training through the Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. The Consortium was founded in 2004 by the State’s community colleges to provide coordinated, one-stop statewide education and training services for businesses and industries. New Jersey companies have access to the resources of all the State’s 19 community colleges, including over 1,700 programs taught by faculty with business and industry experience.

WHAT CAN CHOOSE New Jersey DO FOR YOU

Relocation & Expansion Services

We provide customized RFI responses, demographics, detailed market assessments and other complimentary business relocation and expansion services. When your company chooses to grow in New Jersey, we also will help you publicize your good news.

Site Visits

We’ll make your property search seamless, so you find the site that best meets your relocation or expansion needs.

Economic Development Connections

Our public and private partners provide a wide range of services. From higher education research collaboration to regulatory and legal assistance to workforce training, they’ll ensure you have a smooth landing.

Catherine Scangarella
Chief Business Development Officer
Bill Noonan
Business Development Director Sector Lead: Technology, Financial Services, Film & TV