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Move the Needle is Hudson County Technical Schools’ Business Partner of the Year

January 23, 2024

Hudson County's 2023 BPOY is Move the NeedleDuring the last year, Jersey City-based Move the Needle has collaborated with Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) to develop innovative educational programs and community initiatives that bridge the digital divide, promote diversity and inclusion, and empower the next generation of technological leaders. 

Move the Needle’s dedication and commitment to all students is the reason HCST has recognized the company as the 2023 Business Partner of the Year. The company offers students in HCST programs, such as Graphic Technology, Interactive Media, Broadcasting and Business, opportunities to discover the technology world. Some of these opportunities involve digital signage, Artificial Intelligence (AI) development, podcasting, coding, and E-sports.  

“Because of Move the Needle, students in different CTE programs of study have been given valuable insights into cutting-edge industries,” said Alicia Abraham, HCST Director of Career and Technical Education. “They are truly preparing students for the careers of tomorrow, but more importantly, they are offering experiences where our students have fun and feel valued.” 

 “Move the Needle is excited to work alongside Hudson County’s premier vocational school district, the Hudson County Schools of Technology,” said Jose Espinoza, founder of Move the Needle. “We truly feel our organization can help support the amazing work the HCST district is already doing. Together, we have been making significant strides in our efforts to empower young minds, particularly in the realm of technology. Our vision is to provide HCST students with unique opportunities to engage with industry experts, gain valuable insights that can shape their futures, and participate in experiences that align with their interests and aspirations.” 

 Although the partnership is new, Move the Needle has already offered internships, in-school mentoring, work-based learning, and connections to other tech-related businesses in the area. The company is also part of the Advisory Board membership and focuses on reaching out to diverse student populations that are largely underrepresented in technology. 

 “Working with Move the Needle and Latinos in Coding has added much value to our program,” said Joseph Guerrero, instructor of Advertising and Commercial Art at HCST. “They have offered a structured real-world learning experience for our students, allowing them to create a style guide and alternate logo for Latinos in Coding that will be used on their T-shirts. In addition, the students will support and supplement some of their marketing efforts where the students will learn, experiment, and see real work results in a safe learning environment.” 

 As the partnership evolves, Move the Needle will offer more in-person internships and connections with other companies they share space with. 

“Move the Needle is more than just an industry partner; they are true mentors,” said Amy DeGise, HCST’s work-based learning coordinator. “I am so grateful for their partnership and dedication to our students, workforce development, and innovation. Their passion for what they do is contagious, and our students are greatly benefiting from this partnership.”

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