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On this past weekend’s “Minding Your Business” on News 12+, Matthew Hale, president of the New Jersey Data Alliance and Kelly Fitzpatrick, associate professor of Mathematics at the County College of Morris, talked to host Bob Considine about a new partnership that will help ensure credits taken at community colleges are the ones needed for a four-year degree in the big data curriculum – saving students time and money.

The effort spurs from the New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities initiative, a collaboration to better align education with the needs of industry to build a more competitive workforce and strengthen the state’s economy.

“I think it’s important to remember that one of the keys that we’re trying to do is to make sure that the credits that are taken at the two-year institutions are the ones that are needed for the four-year degree,” Hale said. “And so it’s not that you’re transferring over credits just to have credits, it’s transferring over the courses that are going to really sort of push you along in a particular degree at a particular school.”

NJBIA’s “Minding Your Business” is a weekly TV show, and winner of two 2023 Telly Awards, that airs on News 12+ at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, as well as 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.