Chioma Anaemejeh and Yannick Kenfack are among the state’s top community college students being recognized by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NCCC) at its 23rd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day on Thursday, May 4. The Essex students will join their peers at the celebration held at the Lafayette Yard Hotel in Trenton.
Both Chioma, of Belleville, and Yannick, from Irvington are Biology, Pre-Medicine majors who are members of Essex County College’s Class of 2017.
“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges invites New Jersey’s top community college students and their families to celebrate their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “The event, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the New Jersey Education Association, provides deserving community college students statewide recognition by policymakers and legislators.”
Chioma came to the United States from Nigeria in 2012. Her parents wanted the best education possible for their children. After high school, Choima was looking at Montclair State University, but opted for Essex because of the lower cost and with the knowledge that she would be able to transfer the credits to the four-year school.
But with her Essex success, Chioma is exploring options and is considering such transfer destinations as Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University-Newark. Her career goal is to go to medical school and become a cardio-vascular surgeon.
Yannick serves as president of the College’s Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He came to the United States from Cameroon in 2014. Starting at Essex the following year, Yannick intended to transfer to a four year school after one semester. But it didn’t take him long to realize that first earning an Associate degree, while taking advantage of lower tuition, was the best way to go both financially and academically.
Yannick wants to pursue medical school. Schools high on his transfer list are Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Boston University.
Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 99 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.