The Dress for Success Mobile Program – Job Interview, What to Wear?  – is coming to Essex County College on Wednesday, September 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Sponsored by the College’s WISE Women’s Center, the program will be conducted by representatives from the Dress for Success-Morris County organization and held in the Clara E. Dasher Student center Multipurpose Room.


Participants will learn how to prepare for a job interview, receive job interview tips, and learn what to and not to wear.


Although the Dress for Success organization is geared toward women, the Essex program is open to the entire College community. The organization’s mission is to help women achieve economic independence by providing the necessary tools to help them thrive at work and in life.


Pre-registration is required for this program. The deadline to register is Friday, September 16. For registration and additional information, contact the WISE Women’s Center at 973-877-1896/3395.


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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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Six veteran Essex County College administrators and faculty have been appointed to key leadership positions. All the positions were unanimously approved by the Executive Committee of the College’s Board of Trustees and took effect September 1.


The full Board will formally vote on the appointments at its regular monthly meeting on September 20.


The appointments include:

  • Jeffrey Lee: Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Lee, who started at the College in 1993, is a tenured Biology professor and previously served as Chair of the Biology & Chemistry Division.


  • Keith Kirkland: Dean of Student Affairs. A 31-year veteran of Essex, Dr. Kirkland previously was Associate Dean of Community & Extension Programs.



  • Jill Stein: Dean of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Health Sciences. Since joining the College in 1999, Dr. Stein has been a tenured Biology professor and, most recently, Chair of the Biology & Chemistry Division.


  • Elvy Vieira: Dean of Community & Continuing Education and Workforce Development. At the College since 1988, Dr. Vieira has also served as Dean of the West Essex Campus and Director of the Training, Inc. program.



  • Susan Gaulden: Executive Director of Institutional Planning & Assessment. Since coming to Essex in 1996, Dr. Gaulden has worked as a tenured Mathematics professor.


  • Yvette Jefferies: Director of College Advancement and Foundation. Ms. Jefferies started at the College in 2000 and previously served as Associate Director-Management of College Funds as well as Assistant Director of Development, starting as Development Specialist.


All of the appointees are also New Jersey residents.


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