Hudson Catholic to Award NJCU College Credits in Digital Media

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Hudson Catholic Regional High School in Jersey City is partnering with New Jersey City University to offer a new program this fall that will allow its students to earn college credit in “media arts.”

The two-year program will allow HC to earn a “certificate” in media arts and up to 18 credits in the field, which is equivalent to a minor in college. According to the NJCU website, this path is for “students interested in the creation, production, dissemination, and use of digital media, film, film, and media studies, and sound content.” If one majored in media arts, which at NJCU would require an additional 33 credits in the department, students would have strong academic and practical preparation for a career as a production assistant, research, script consultant or post-production assistant, the website also says.

“These are exciting times for the school community at Hudson Catholic High School,” said Brother Christopher Hall, CFC, the new assistant superintendent of secondary schools for the Archdiocese of Newark. “Principal Terence Matthews, MA, his leadership team and faculty truly provide opportunities for students to excel in learning through educational partnerships.”

In addition to the new NJCU program, Hudson Catholic offers three other “pre-college” programs: two at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City that also offer the opportunity to take St. Peter’s courses for credit and one at Steven’s Institute of Technology in Hoboken which, among other things, offers scholarships for certain non-credit courses designed to help students prepare for college.

St. Peter’s courses focus on liberal arts, criminal justice, and science – and Steven’s specializes in science, technology, engineering, and math.

“The expansion (in film) will provide students with more individual choice in their studies,” said archdiocesan spokeswoman Jessica Ryan.

Another benefit of collaborating, according to Ryan — which goes for all of Hudson Catholic’s pre-college offerings — is financial.

The NJCU program is free for eligible HC students. By comparison, for the upcoming school year, 18 undergraduate credits at NJCU will cost approximately $8,000 for in-state students (and $14,000 for out-of-state students); $11,000 to $14,000 at St. Peter’s; and $22,000 to $36,000 at Steven’s.

Those interested in learning more about Hudson Catholic can visit HudsonCatholic.org. One of 73 schools operated by the Archdiocese of Newark in Hudson, Bergen, Essex, and Union counties, the school itself recently received a major grant (with a grant challenge of counterpart) from the William E. Simon Foundation for its pre-university program.

Tuition for the upcoming school year is $11,000, but according to Ryan, each year more than 70 percent of his students receive about a combined $1.2 million in financial aid.

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