The West Essex campus of Essex County College will conduct an open house for prospective students Tuesday, July 26, 4 to 6 p.m. The campus is at 730 Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell.


Prospective students who attend the open house will have their application fee waived. If qualified, they will receive an on-the-spot admission decision. Information on financial aid, transfer options, and credit and non-credit programs will be available, with tours of the campus included.


Fall Semester classes start September 6. The Weekend College begins September 9 and Fall II classes are set to start September 23.


Students can earn a number of associate degrees by taking classes solely at the West Essex campus. These majors include Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, Education, Business Administration and Accounting.


Additional information is available at 973-877-6590.

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From left: Adjua Boucher, Nancy Contreras, Kendra Johnson and Carline Alexandre

From left: Adjua Boucher, Nancy Contreras, Kendra Johnson and Carline Alexandre

The five day program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was intense and non-stop, but the four Essex County College Education majors wouldn’t have had it any other way. They also learned that NASA is more than space flight and outer space.


Carline Alexandre, Adjua Boucher, Nancy Contreras and Kendra Johnson visited Goddard in Maryland June 6-10 as part of NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP).  They were accompanied by Dr. Jill Stein, Chair of the Division of Biology & Chemistry.


“I didn’t realize NASA was involved in so many educational activities,” said Nancy, a Bloomfield resident who is a Summer I 2016 Essex graduate. She said she is interested in elementary education and learned a lot on how she can incorporate these science activities into overall lesson plans.” Nancy is transferring to Montclair State University this fall where she will major in Family and Child Studies.


The other three Essex participants are current students.


This is the first year of the program, said MEI (MUREP Education Institute) Coordinator Michelle Berry of Texas State University, the lead institution in the NASA initiative. She said 35 students and faculty participated in the Goddard program, one of 10 such locations this summer throughout the country. Ms. Berry added that to be eligible to participate, the school must be a Minority Serving Institution, such as Essex.


The Institute was developed for Education majors in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields.  Participants are required to participate in eight hours of online professional development prior to the Institute and an additional eight hours of online professional development following the end of the Institute. Ms. Berry said the program is designed “so there is no down time” for the students.


Or as Adjua, a South Orange resident, said, “It was intense. But it was also one of the most amazing experiences of my life.” Adjua said she learned so much which can be incorporated into classroom lesson plans.


Dr. Stein described the program as a “fabulous opportunity for our pre-service Education majors to learn about the many NASA resources available for teachers.”


Carline, of Orange, said the trip to Maryland was “very informative. They showed so much NASA information that teachers can use in the classroom.”


For Kendra, of East Orange, “I fell in love with the opportunity to build a telescope. This is something that you can do with youngsters pre-school to third grade. We learned there are so many opportunities beyond being a scientist.”


In fact, creating special projects was a big part of the program. Nancy, for example, enjoyed creating a rover. She explained that project also utilized a “budget” for the students whereby they would “purchase” the rover equipment and then build it with their parts.


Social Sciences Division faculty member Linda Harvest, who teaches Education at Essex, said the hands-on experiences the students received is what makes such a program so important. “This program was able to stimulate their interest in the STEM courses.”





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From left: Salutatorian Caio Matias and Valedictorian Ashley Morales

From left: Salutatorian Caio Matias and Valedictorian Ashley Morales

commencement 2016 stageEssex County College celebrated its 47th annual Commencement Friday, June 3 with 1,433 Associate degrees and certificates awarded to graduates. The ceremony for the Class of 2016 was held at the Prudential Center, Newark.


This year’s class included 260 students graduating with Honors, High Honors and Highest Honors. At 17, Marylynda Ogbundinkpa (Associate in Science in Biology, Pre-Medicine) is the youngest graduate. On the other side of the spectrum, Alcina George (Associate in Arts in Education) is 63 years young.


This year’s class came from 53 municipalities throughout New Jersey (mostly from Essex County) and 18 foreign countries. Countries represented by the class included Brazil, Cameroon, China, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Liberia, Nigeria, Panama, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey.


Valedictorian Ashley Morales (Associate in Science in Business Administration) urged her classmates to look to the future with confidence. “You earned being here today. Be proud of what you have accomplished and the great institution behind you that played a part in making you who you are today,” said the 21 year old Newark resident who is currently attending Rutgers University-Newark’s Business School, as a management major.


In her valedictorian address, Ashley paid homage to Dr. Seuss, noting his book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” can be an inspiration to her and her classmates.


Caio Matias, a Biology, Pre-Medicine major originally from Brazil, served as this year’s class salutatorian. A resident of Kearny, he will attend Yale University this fall. His ultimate goal is working for Doctors Without Borders.


Dr. Edwin W. Powell, an Educational Psychologist/Assistant Professor in the Department of Community & Family Medicine at Howard University, served as keynote speaker.


In his address, Dr. Powell posed a challenge to the graduates: “If not you, then who?”  He explained that the graduates should work to find ways to help others.  “You don’t have a right to remain silent; give more than others think is necessary. Use your skills to help others.” He was also awarded an honorary degree from the College.


Acting President Dr. A. Zachary Yamba presided at the ceremony.  “To the graduates of 2016 I say: pursue your dreams with passion and strive to live lives of selfless service.  I urge you to go out into the world and be agents of change.  Work to bring people together for solutions that can serve the common good.  And stay true to the Essex County College tradition of service and excellence.


Longtime English Professor (Division of Humanities) A. Patricia Bartinique served as Grand Marshal.






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