BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership and Fairleigh Dickinson University have established a working relationship that will take advantage of the assets available at New Jersey university.

“Vibrant Connection” with FDU is an extension of the higher education partnership previously established between the SCBP and Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), Rutgers University, and Princeton University.

The goal of the partnership is to build vibrant connections between FDU and the Somerset County business community by improving communications and building strategic member programs through accessing the business, education, and training resources available at FDU.

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Among the benefits to the partnership are enhancing student engagement opportunities including internships, co-ops, job placement, and work on joint projects, including customized tools to promote diversity and inclusion.

“The collaboration will build brand awareness of FDU in Somerset County by recognizing FDU as a higher education partner along with RVCC, Rutgers, and Princeton," said Mike Kerwin, SCBP president/CEO. "This will facilitate business connections with Somerset County companies with focus on retail and hospitality, and manufacturing organizations.”

Kerwin further explained that building stronger connections between the SCBP and higher education is one of Somerset County’s top economic development objectives. The SCBP and FDU will strive to develop activities that address the business needs and challenges of the Business Partnership members; workforce development, talent acquisition and ways to leverage faculty expertise are considered key areas of focus.  

 “This initiative matches our strategic objective to expand the depth and scope of the university’s collaborations with industry in New Jersey and the surrounding region,” said Jackie Lue Raia, director of corporate outreach and training at FDU’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies.

For information on these programs and other Business Partnership activities and events, call 908-218-4300 or access the website at www.scbp.org.

The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) serves as Somerset County’s regional Chamber of Commerce and the essential partner for doing business in Somerset County. The SCBP enjoys a unique public-private partnership with Somerset County government to provide economic development and tourism services to the entire community.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is the largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multi-campus institution  founded in 1942.

The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada.