FBI and NJ ask public to help curb hoax threats
New Jersey’s Homeland Security director announced Thursday that the state is working with the FBI to launch #ThinkBeforeYouPost, an anti- “hoax threat” awareness campaign. False or non-credible threats have affected Lakewood, where a student was arrested; Mahwah, which added extra patrols to a school; and Paterson, where 15 schools undertook emergency precautions on Halloween. Hoax threats made in texts, emails, or social media are a crime that can be prosecuted federally, with up to five years in prison.
HCCC and Fairleigh Dickinson University sign dual-admission agreement
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) have signed a dual-admission agreement that allows students to complete their Associate of Applied Science degree in Construction Management at HCCC and transition to the Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology program at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU).
Under the terms of the dual admission agreement, students who are enrolled in the HCCC Construction Management Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program may apply to the FDU Construction Engineering Technology Baccalaureate program. Once students have completed their A.A.S. degree at HCCC, they will be granted 52 credits in the FDU Baccalaureate program. Students in the HCCC-FDU dual admission program are eligible for a 40 percent reduction in the FDU tuition rate upon completing their Associate’s degree. Merit scholarships and housing grants are also available to qualified students.
The HCCC Construction Management A.A.S. classes are held at the Journal Square campus in the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building. A lab dedicated to Construction Management is outfitted with cutting edge equipment generally found only in leading four-year colleges and universities. The HCCC coursework educates students about new construction methods, protocols, materials, testing procedures, codes, contracts, specifications, technical report writing, and cost estimation and management principles. The HCCC program also supports students in entering externship programs for hands-on experience.
Food assistance now open to students
At Middlesex County College this week, state officials announced that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, will expand to recognize all approved Career and Technical Education Programs at NJ community colleges. Students who meet SNAP income eligibility standards and participate in these training programs will now have access to food assistance. In 2017, 67,000 students were enrolled in these career and technical education programs, with an estimated 45 percent considered low-income based on financial aid records, according to the Council on County Colleges. The changes will begin next month.
New Jersey pays $2.4 M to Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Thursday the state settled with the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, and will pay the tribe $2.4 million. The state will officially proclaim it has recognized the 3,000-member Native American tribe, but it made no admission of wrongdoing in the agreement. In 2012, the state decided to no longer recognize three tribes. In 2015, the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe filed civil rights lawsuits after trying to negotiate with the Christie administration. The tribe lauded the new settlement.