With Essex County College as the backdrop, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, D-NJ, announced October 1 that $15 million in federal funding has been awarded to 12 New Jersey community colleges. Of that total, Essex County College received $819,100 to train students for jobs in the healthcare field.


“These job training programs are critical for workforce development and preparing Newark and Essex County residents for relevant and substantial employment,” said Essex County College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson.


Also attending the press conference were U.S. Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr, D-10, and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, officials that are aware for the need of training new healthcare providers in a rapidly burgeoning field.


This is Essex’s third U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.


“Today is a celebration,” said Senator Cory Booker. “We have to focus on preparing our young people for the future. “ He added there is a crisis in the healthcare industry with four million jobs nation-wide going unfilled. Programs such as the Department of Labor initiative are addressing this shortfall, the Senator added.


U.S. Senator Robert Menendez promised this program is just the beginning. “We are preparing the next generation of healthcare providers through public-private partnerships. But we have so much more to do.”


Congressman Donald M. Payne, D-10, said the grant award ties in with the Affordable Care Act. “With more Americans in need of quality healthcare, we need people who can provide that care.” The Congressman promised to continue to advocate in Congress for training programs “to prepare our young people for the jobs of the future.”


Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo termed the news announced as one that will help everyone by creating more good jobs and for the healthcare it will ultimately provide.


Dr. Gibson credited Essex County College Associate Dean Keith Kirkland, Community & Extension Programs and Mitra Choudhury, Director, Training, Inc. and their staff that worked on the application grant submission.


Essex County College previously received U.S. DOL TAACCT grants of $2.75 million for cyber security and networks, software development and health information technology, and a singular $1,037,225 grant to create a set of credentials in Supply Chain Management. That program will consist of eight credentials that will provide workers with skills for entry and middle-level employment in the logistics industry.



From left to right are Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo; Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ); Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-10); Essex County College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson; Essex County College Board of Trustee Chair Calvin Souder, Esq.; Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Essex County Board of Trustees Jeweline Grimes and Rita J. Sallis.


Posted in Announcements, Essex County College News

Essex County College will host its 3rd annual Manufacturing Career Day for current and prospective students on Wednesday, October 1. The Career Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the First Floor Atrium of the Center for Technology, on the main Newark campus.


Essex has joined with various manufacturers, associations and educational institutions from around the state in holding events leading up to National Manufacturing Day, on Friday, October 3. National Manufacturing Day was established in 2012 to expand the knowledge about and improve the public’s perception of manufacturing careers and the industry’s value to the nation’s economy.


This event is designed to give students information about manufacturing that is going on around the State of New Jersey and the ability to speak to representatives of local companies and their engineers regarding engineering careers.


Ravi Manimaran, Chair of the College’s Division of Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences, said today’s manufacturing requires a workforce educated in a number of engineering technology areas including electronic, mechanical, and manufacturing, as well as engineering and the computer sciences. Essex offers Associate degrees in all those disciplines. He said there are also opportunities for people with CAD training.


Additional information on the Essex County College Manufacturing Career Day is available from Chair Manimaran at 973.877.3454 or Ms. Yesenia Eltantawi at 973.877.4400.


The week will culminate with a National Manufacturing Day program highlighting manufacturing in New Jersey on Friday, October 3 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm.


“New Jersey’s manufacturing community is vital to our state’s economic growth,” said Lynore DeSantis, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Chief Financial Officer. “This annual celebration recognizes how crucial manufacturing is to our economy and spreads awareness about the diverse positions in our sector.”

Posted in Academic, Community, Essex County College News

Creativity takes center stage as Essex County College and the College’s Short Films Club holds its first Inter-Collegiate Media Festival (ICMF) October 1 and 2 at the main Newark campus. Festival activities are free and open to the public.


“This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to display their creative works to the entire College community,” said Professor Jennifer Wager, Coordinator of the College’s Communications Department. “We are also bridging the gap between high school, community college and four-year schools by having area high school students participate as well.”


The idea for the festival came last year as a class assignment. Raymond Spencer, Class of 2014, developed a proposal for a media festival. “We set up a meeting with President Gale E. Gibson and she loved the idea,” Mr. Spencer, now a student at Rutgers-Newark, recalled.


The festival includes:

  • Wednesday, October 1: Digital Media Experts Roundtable, 2:25-3:45 p.m. in the 4th Floor Multi-Purpose room. Panelists include Patrick Target Jr., Manager of National Programs at CBS EcoMedia; Jorge Gomez, Independent Filmmaker and Editor; Chade Newton, Graphics Editor and Web Designer for News 12; and Juan Cabrello, ESPN.


  • Also Wednesday, October 1: Collegiate Media Festival Awards Screening, 6 to 8 p.m., Siegler Hall. Keynote speaker is Kenneth Gifford, Director of the Newark Office of Film and Television.


  • Thursday, October 2: Poetry/Music Showcase, 6 to 9 p.m., Siegler Hall. Sean Battle, an Essex County College English adjunct and recognized poet, will highlight the event. The showcase also kicks off Newark Poets Month.


As part of the experience, students are also going to visit Newark’s Plume House built in the early 1700s on Broad Street. It was where the Rev. Hannibal Goodwin invented celluloid photographic film in 1887.


On October 3, students will travel to William Paterson University’s radio station where they will participate in World College Radio Day. Professor Wager said the Essex students will air a live broadcast on WPSC 88.7 FM at 1 p.m. “We wanted to cap off the week with a global event.”


Schools whose students are participating in the festival include Arts High School in Newark, the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of the Performing Arts in East Orange, and the Montclair Multimedia Academy. Professor Wager said Essex alumni now at four-year colleges will also participate.


It’s the bringing in of younger students to the festival and Essex campus which also has Mr. Spencer excited. “Film has the power to draw people in. Kids are storytellers and this is a great recruiting tool for the College to have these youngsters here where they can see what’s available to them.”


Co-sponsors of the festival include the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission, and Essex County College’s Student Entertainment Club and Hip Hop Student Association.


Additional information on the festival is available from Professor Wager at jwager@essex.edu or 973.877.1937.


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