The College has inked three affiliation agreements with area healthcare facilities to provide clinical training sites for healthcare students.
A two-year (January 1, 2014-December 31, 2015) deal was signed with the 1st Cerebral Palsy Center of New Jersey for clinical laboratory experience for students in the Physical Therapist Assistant degree program. Students will be completing 15 credit hours of clinical experience at the Belleville facility.
Students in the Certified Medication Aid program, offered through On-Campus Continuing Education, will have clinical training at Newark’s Roseville Manor assisted living facility. The clinical training is a requirement for the students in the program to prepare them to take the state Certified Medication Aide examination.
A two year agreement (April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2016) was approved between the College and Trinitas Regional Medical Center to continue the long-standing affiliation agreement for students to have access to the healthcare facility’s dialysis unit. The affiliation is geared toward students enrolled in the On-Campus Continuing Education’s Hemodialysis Technician Certificate Program. Since 2008, 152 ECC students have received hands-on clinical training at Trinitas.
The College’s operating budget of $66.8 million for 2014-2015 was formally approved at the March 19 Board of School Estimate meeting. The budget breakdown includes $41,652,308 (62.3 percent) from tuition and fees; $11,682,218 (17.63 percent) from the state; $11,350,000 (16.96 percent) from Essex County; and the remainder from a combination of investment income, other income and unexpended operating funds.
President Gale E. Gibson said the budget will enable the College to fund “our seven strategies in our five-year plan. We depend on the consistency of the county’s share of the budget and we appreciate their portion.” The state’s portion is down slightly.
While the in-county tuition rate is remaining at $108.50 per credit hour, the student general fee is increasing by $5.50 and the student activity fee by $1.50.
The only personnel item on the agenda at the March 18 Board of Trustees meeting was for the granting of Dr. Gibson a five-year contract, through October 15, 2018. This is an extension of the pact from when she was formally named President on October 15, 2013 after serving in an interim capacity since April 1, 2013.
“This is a great day for the College,” said Board Chair Calvin W. Souder, Esq. “We’re moving in the right direction with Dr. Gibson as our President.”
“We are committed to your success,” said President Gale E. Gibson. “The support offered fits into the College’s overall strategic plan — register for Summer classes. They will allow you to complete your degree within three years.”
Amid the many giveaways, ranging from movie tickets to a Jamaican vacation, Assistant Dean of Advisement and Retention Marva Mack said “This is not about the prizes; it’s to encourage and support you to complete your degree.”
Communications major Cindy Bernard from Newark was the lucky winner of the Jamaican trip. Cindy submitted the winning 30-second video touting what keeps her motivated to complete her degree. Another nine students earned $500 scholarships for their essays on education.
The Office of Academic Affairs was out and about in the community this winter. Our faculty took important roles at several events, while our students did their part at a Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce program, pictured above.
Dr. Akil Khalfani, Director of the Africana Institute, took the time recently to discuss the memory of Nelson Mandela at a Black History Month program at West Orange High School. His talk focused on Nelson Mandela and his dreams, as well as “the idea of freedom.” The presentation concluded with “Ubuntu,” a South African humanitarian view.
Assistant Professor/ Counselor Daphne Benyard participated in the Women’s Federation for World Peace International’s Conference on the Status of Women, held March 18 in the United Nation’s Delegates Dining Hall and the UN Church Center in New York. The conference was a celebration of Women’s History Month. Ms. Benyard is an Ambassador of Peace with the Women’s Federation for World Peace.
Nursing students had the opportunity to put their training into practice at the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey’s Health & Wellness Fair held March 14 at St. Peter’s University, in Jersey City. The students conducted blood pressure screenings during the event, which attracted more than 50 exhibitors for a day of sharing information on pressing health issues in the community. In addition, representatives from the College’s offices of Recruitment, Educational Opportunity Fund and Continuing Education were on hand promoting ECC.
Bolstered in part by more online courses, a Sunday schedule and aggressive interdivisional marketing, the College realized Spring enrollment and total credit hour increases. Although falling slightly short of projects, total enrollment for the Spring semester is 11,545 students with total credit hours at 124,227.50.
The February 27 Open House resulted in 105 applications submitted on-line, representing new and transfer students. Another 49 paper applications were submitted, representing mostly re-admit and non-matriculated students.
Following Advisement Week March 17-20, students can now register on-line for the Summer I term which begins May 5. Summer I is the last opportunity for the College to reach its 2013-2014 enrollment goals.
The College community bid farewell to a pair of dedicated members of the Board of Trustees at the March 18 meeting. Longtime Trustee Thomas Scrivo, a member since 1999, and Stacey LG Jennings, who has served since 2009, were formally recognized for their years of service during a brief ceremony.
“When I joined the board I immediately started cheerleading for Essex. I will continue to do everything in my power to help enhance this fine College,” said Mr. Scrivo, who served as vice chair up until last year.
Ms. Jennings said she is proud of her part in helping to leave the College in good hands. “I believe I was able to accomplish something for the College and I truly hope that will be my legacy.”
The College celebrated National Heart Month with two initiatives making news. ECC hosted a full day Healthcare Roundtable February 26 with the theme “Affordable Healthcare for Everyone – Youth in Action: A Hip Hop Infused Experience.” The program was sponsored by Positive Community magazine as part of its Newark Leadership Roundtable Series. Barnabas Health was a partner, with celebrities Kevin Powell and Dr. Corey Hebert providing keynote presentations, while ECC Trustee Michellene Davis served as the day’s moderator.
With a major national pharmacy chain announcing it will no longer sell tobacco products, Dr. Joyce Wilson Harley, Vice President of Finance & Administration noted that ECC was a trailblazer of sorts on this important health matter. The College has been a smoke-free campus since July 2011 and subsequently stopped selling cigarettes at the Concession Stand.
“We saw the incongruity of selling cigarettes while at the same time banning their use on or near our campus,” recalled Dr. Harley.
Two academic administrators and two faculty members reported their “good news” of their good work external to the college:
- Acting Dean of Business, Industry & Government Carlos Rivera, and Acting Chair of the Business Division Dr. Augustine Boayke recently attended a two-day conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for administering a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The College will develop eight specific credentials to provide workers with skills for employment in supply chain management.
- Assistant Professor of Music Richard Alston will present his Classically Black concert March 20 at Boston University. Prior to going to Boston, he will give a preview of his performance during ECC’s Humanities Conference in the Mary Burch Theater on March 12 at 10 a.m.
- English Instructor William (Billy) Tooma is the proud author of his first novel, A Seemingly Unstoppable Dawn, which was published February 17 by Ozymandias Melancholia Press. The novel is about a young man who journeys to New York City following the death of his mother.
The Department of Marketing & Communications has been working diligently since February 2013 on a branding project that will result in a new logo and tagline and identify key marketing messages for the institution. The messages evolved from the focus sessions held last Spring that were attended by over 300 internal and external stakeholders.
Over 1,350 Essex County College students and more than 150 employees, as well as an additional 700 adults and high school students throughout Essex County, participated in surveys and interviews that tested the key marketing messages. The new logo is in the final stages of development, and will be unveiled at a unique launch event to generate excitement internally and with the greater community.
Meanwhile, the Board awarded a contract for close to $60,000 for an exterior marquee sign at the West Essex campus to Allied Environmental Signage of Eatontown. The new logo will be featured predominately in the new signage.
“The sign will serve as a much-needed identifier within the western part of Essex County while helping us to promote our programs as open houses to the immediate community,” affirmed Dr. Elvy Vieira, Associate Dean of the West Essex campus.
The sign is expected to be in place by the start of the Fall semester.