Essex County College, the state’s only two-year Predominantly Black Institution (PBI), will be one of the stops on Monday, November 16, 2015, for the 17th annual Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair Week. The Essex event is being held in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Education, the New York Urban League, and Omega Delta Upsilon Foundation of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
The event, geared toward both high school and community college undergraduates looking to transfer after earning their Associate degree, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at various sites on the Newark campus, 303 University Avenue. This is the third consecutive year Essex and the Malcolm Bernard organization have partnered to bring the college fair to the campus. Admission representatives from more than 50 HBCUs will be in attendance.
”We’re very excited to once again have the unique opportunity to be one of only four host sites in the state for the Malcolm Bernard event,” said Essex County College President Gale E. Gibson. “We will also highlight the fact that high school students can enroll at Essex for two years, earn their Associate degree, and then transfer to one of the HBCU colleges anywhere they desire. Essex is proud to be a PBI institution.”
An HBCU institution, according to the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, must have been established prior to 1964 with the main mission of educating African-Americans.
“The history of scholarship and service embodied in HBCUs is exemplified by the honor roll of prominent individuals they have produced,” said Barbara Bernard, executive director of the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair, Inc. “HBCUs continue to be committed to produce global leaders for the new millennium.”
HBCU alums include Martin Luther King Jr., and Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. (AKA Common), as well as Toni Morrison, Spike Lee and former National Football League player and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
The college fair features guest speakers, panel discussions led by HBCU alumni and the opportunity to meet with college representatives. There will also be a number of workshops on college motivation and the financial aid process, for example.
Additional information about the Essex County College event is available from Marketing Coordinator Nicholas White at (973) 877-3156.
The U.S. Department of Education defines a PBI as a school enrolling at least 40 percent African-American students. In Fall of 2015, Essex has an enrollment of 54.9 percent African-Americans. Essex is one of only two colleges in the state with the PBI designation.