The men’s basketball team will look to repeat as Region XIX Division II champions when they take on rival Mercer County Community College on Saturday, February 28. The Wolverines, on a nine game winning streak, advanced to the title game with an 85-81 win over Manor College on February 26.

 

The championship game at the County College of Morris will start at 1:30 p.m.

 

Coach Corey Lowery’s squad, 24-4 on the campaign, is currently ranked 10th in Division II by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).  Last year’s team advanced to the NJCAA title game.

 

In the semi-final victory, Sahid Dortch led the way with 21 points, followed by Rashad McNeil with 20. Josh Treadwell added 16 points.

 

Interestingly, the visiting team won each of the two regular season match-ups between Essex and Mercer.

Posted in Athletics, Essex County College News

IMG_1727After Israel Vieruel receives his hard-earned Essex County College Associate in Science in Engineering on May 15, he will have one week to prepare for the next big step in his life. And the East Orange Campus High School graduate wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Israel has a 16 week engineering internship this summer at Railroad Construction Company, Inc., in Paterson. He is also transferring this fall to New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he will continue his engineering studies.

 

The internship was secured after the Division of Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences referred him to the Construction Industry Advancement Program (CIAP) of New Jersey internship program. “I first got into the intern program, and then attended the CIAP Career Fair where I met a number of area engineering companies for the actual internships,” he recalled.

 

Israel received two internship offers and accepted the paid position at Railroad “where I will be gaining experience in my field.” Railroad specializes in civil, track and building construction in the Northeast United States.

 

This is a far cry from when Israel began classes at Essex in 2011. “When I entered Essex, I did not qualify for financial aid so I had to work full-time to pay for my part-time tuition.” Faced with an incredibly hectic schedule, he made the decision to cut back on work and concentrate more on his grades. And it worked, especially after he switched his major from Business Administration to Engineering.

 

The transformation impressed Ravi Manimaran, chair of the Engineering Technologies division. “Israel is a very hard worker who worked very hard for the internship; that’s a big break for him.”

 

Likewise, Israel, who carries a 3.1 grade point average, has high praise for the division. “The Engineering department is great because of the staff that not only cares about your time at Essex, but makes sure that you are on the right path for your future endeavors.” He also attributed the small class sizes, the accessibility of his professors, and the specialized tutoring available in the MESA Center as assisting both him and his classmates.

Posted in Academic, Essex County College News

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will hold its fifth event to reach homeowners who could save on their monthly mortgage payments by refinancing through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) at Essex County College.  FHFA Director Mel Watt will join housing experts and community leaders on Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a town hall-style meeting in the Mary Burch Theater.

 

The event is designed to provide tools to community leaders to encourage the more than 20,000 New Jersey residents still eligible for HARP to take advantage of the program.  HARP expires in December of 2015.

 

“We are working with community leaders and other trusted sources to get the word out that more than 20,000 New Jersey homeowners could save, on average, more than $220 per month refinancing through HARP,” said FHFA Director Watt.  “The time to take advantage of the program is now.  We will also be providing information about other forms of assistance available to homeowners in distress.”

 

Director Watt will kick off the event and Naa Awaa Tagoe, Senior Associate Director in the Division of Housing Mission and Goals at FHFA, will moderate a panel discussion including representatives from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, New Jersey Citizen Action, and a representative with PHH Mortgage.To be eligible for HARP, homeowners must meet the following criteria:

  • Their loan must be owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
  • Their mortgage must have been originated on or before May 31, 2009.
  • Their current loan-to-value ratio must be greater than 80 percent.
  • They must be current on their mortgage payments with no late payments in the last six months and no more than one late payment in the last 12 months.

 

Borrowers typically will get a financial benefit from HARP if they meet those criteria and have a remaining mortgage balance of $50,000 or more, a remaining term of greater than 10 years, and an interest rate at least 1.5 percent higher than current market rates.

 

FHFA and the Treasury Department introduced HARP in early 2009 as part of the Making Home Affordable program.  As of November 2014, more than 3.2 million homeowners have refinanced through HARP.  HARP is one of the few refinance programs that allows borrowers with little or no equity to take advantage of low interest rates and other refinancing benefits.

 

FHFA launched a nationwide public awareness campaign and the website HARP.gov and HARP.gov/espanol to reach borrowers who are eligible to participate in HARP.

Posted in Essex County College News