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McGraw-Hill Education's  Sally Shankland (standing right) and Martina Downey (sitting left) talk to a BUS 101 class

McGraw-Hill Education’s Sally Shankland (standing right) and Martina Downey (sitting left) talk to a BUS 101 class

The first week of Fall 2016 classes at Essex County College proved to be an ideal time for two top officials at McGraw-Hill Education to visit the Newark campus.


And it was with a purpose that Sally Shankland, President of the company’s Higher Education Group, and Martina Downey, Senior Learning Technology Representative, stopped by several Division of Business classes on September 7.


“We were excited to visit Essex County College on the first day of class to speak with students about how we can support them this year,” said Ms. Shankland. She then watched as Ms. Downey explained how the McGraw-Hill Connect program is incorporated into the BUS 101 (Business Organization & Management) curriculum.


Carlos Rivera, Essex’s Dean of Business, Industry & Government, said the College has extensively integrated McGraw-Hill Education’s products into the curriculum. “The Connect product has been integrated into all Business courses where it is available,” he added.  “McGraw-Hill Education has a tremendous interest in community colleges and it’s wonderful that their top people chose us to come in and see how their products are being used in the classroom,” Dean Rivera said.


Ms. Downey said her company has worked with Essex for more than five years. “There are so many resources available through Connect,” Ms. Downey told the BUS 101 students as they started the semester.


Connect is a digital teaching and learning environment that saves time for both students and instructors while improving performance. Ms. Shankland said Connect is an excellent adaptive learning and study tool, which allows students to learn at their own pace.


“The data shows that these tools improve student success and that’s what is important,” said Ms. Shankland. She added that visits to campuses, such as the Essex visit, are also important in that the company can show students how to use the many options available to them, and can also answer any questions.


“McGraw-Hill Education has been a valuable business partner for many years and we are confident that the relationship will continue to strengthen as we work together to achieve mutually beneficial goals,” said Dean Rivera.


In addition, Associate Dean of Online & Learning Resource Technologies Leigh Bello-de Castro is working to see where McGraw-Hill Education can assist the College with online course development and digital structure. “This continuing partnershp will be designed to enhance our student and faculty virtual experience,” she said.



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