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Montclair State University Seeks Graduates For Public Service Program

May 22, 2018 - 11:35 am
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MONTCLAIR, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- This is graduation week at Montclair State University, and already, the school is looking to find students for next year in the Jamie Fox Forum on Public Service.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, the program is geared toward students who were committed to government service but do not necessarily have connections through parents or friends.

"We want to make sure that students – particularly first generation college students – have the opportunity to get the network that really maybe necessary for them to see what kinds of jobs are available in state government," said Brigid Harrison of Montclair State.

Harrison said the university is looking for 25 students who will be serious in the fall.

The goal, Harrison said, is "to develop the professional skills that they may need to enter into public service."

The namesake of the program, James P. “Jamie” Fox, died in February 2017 after 40 years in public policy. He served as New Jersey Transportation Commissioner under Govs. James McGreevey and Chris Christie, and as chief of staff to four New Jersey governors.