Essex County College is the only two-year school in the state included in a Newark high school student scholarship offer through an initiative from the Newark Housing Authority (NHA). The application deadline for the grants this year from the Newark College Promise Scholarship program is May 7.


An applicant must be a Newark high school senior and a current resident in NHA public housing or in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The student must also have been accepted into Essex or a number of approved New Jersey four-year public colleges.


For Essex County College bound students, the NHA requirement includes committing to transfer to one of the four-year colleges immediately following earning an Associate degree from Essex. The Essex degree must be received within 36 months of enrollment.


Essex currently has articulation agreements with a number of the four-year institutions on the NHA list and is the leading school for transfer students to Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Montclair State University.


The value of the renewable awards is determined on a case-by-case basis.


Additional information is available at

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Haitian Creole – a mix of Spanish, French and English – is a language spoken by some seven million people daily. It is also becoming popular with the current generation of students who can read and write the language, as well as speak it.


That is a big reason why the Haitian Student Association at Essex County College will present a Haitian Creole Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 31. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Smith Hall on the College’s Newark campus.


“With the growing popularity of the language, we figured it would be nice to have a spelling bee to see how students have mastered it,” said Marie Conceptia Girault, Chairperson of the Division of Bilingual Studies at Essex. “Haitian Creole is being taught in more and more schools, so you have students  as young as ages 10 to 18 reading and writing it as well as speaking it fluently,” said Ms. Girault, who also speaks the language and will be one of the judges.


About 20 people, mostly Essex students, are expected to participate in the spelling bee, said Ms. Girault. She said that high school students are encouraged to attend the event. There is a $1 admission fee.


Division of Bilingual Studies faculty will also serve as contest judges.


Call 973.877.3450 or email for additional information.



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The annual Social Work Day, co-sponsored by the Human and Social Services Program and the Social Work Student Association, will be held in the 4th Floor Multi-Purpose Room from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. The program’s theme is “Family Matters.”


The keynote speaker will be Terry Benjamin, a motivational speaker who promotes healthy aging and lifelong learning.


The College’s Training, Inc., Educational Opportunity Fund and Single Stop Student Resource Center will have information on their various services available during the program. There will also be presentations and display tables about social service organizations, transitional housing programs for the homeless, substance abuse programs, senior citizen programs and the Fresh Air Fund.


Additional information on this free program is available from Professor Arzelia Said at 973.877.3541 or

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