As a Computer Information Systems major at Essex County College, Steven Pierre-Paul was constantly seeking ways to gain a practical foothold in his chosen field. “I wanted to get my hands dirty and get the experience I need,” said the 26-year-old Maplewood resident.
The internship he secured during the spring semester was in the offices of Sirius XM in New York, where he worked in the IT department. The internship enabled Steven, who volunteered for whatever job arose, to indeed get his hands dirty. One of the projects involved redoing the task manual. “It was a challenge I eagerly accepted.”
Steven’s hard work there paid dividends in several ways, including him receiving the 2015 New Jersey Cooperative Education & Internship Association Student of the Year Award. The honor carries a $250 cash award and a certificate.
“Steven is our second student so honored in three years,” noted Sybil Bost-Wormley, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs, Student Scholarships & Internships. “He is an outstanding representative for the College and for himself.”
The first Essex County College student to receive the award was Sierra Spriggs in 2013.
The Sirius XM internship was every day after classes. In addition to the work experience, Steven earned two cooperative education credits. While the work was primarily traditional IT fare, Steven did have the unique opportunity to meet such on-air personalities as Howard Stern and Stephen A. Smith.
Steven received his Associate in Science degree from Essex this past May and is heading to Kean University for the fall semester. But he did not rest on his laurels during the summer. Rather he worked as an intern with the U.S. Pretrial Services Agency – District of New Jersey.
The future is certainly bright for this Essex County College high achiever.
A Star Ledger/nj.com article on a summer jobs program for Newark youth includes work the College has also done in this area the past two months. The article focuses on the jobs program at Six Flags Great Adventure coordinated by the Urban League of Essex County, in partnership with the MCJ Amelior Foundation, PSE&G and Prudential.
One of the students interviewed is Stacy Tynvall, 16, who took part in the Newark Youth Summer Work Enrichment Program, taking both job readiness and college preparedness classes at Essex County College. She is now putting into practice on the job what she learned at Essex.
The article is here: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/08/summer_jobs_are_a_great_adventure_for_newark_stude.html
This is another excellent example of the work the College is doing with community organizations for the betterment of the residents of Essex County.
“An Immigrant’s Story” which focused on Sofia Medina, Essex Class of 2014, and her family’s struggles to obtain Permanent Residence cards as they all worked toward their educational goals, has been nominated for an Emmy by the Mid Atlantic National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It was a Classroom Closeup, NJ program filmed on the College’s Newark campus last December and aired on NJTV in March.
In addition to Sofia, the segment featured her family along with Essex Biology Professor Dr. Jeffrey Lee and Essex County College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson.
In the video, Sophia talks about just how significant the entire Essex family was to helping her be successful. It started with Dr. Lee and continued through all her interactions. This, after she first came to Essex wanting only to be here long enough to quickly transfer to NJIT. Her inspirational story speaks to how “Student Success” is achieved here at Essex and the importance of a sincere and caring faculty. It emphasizes the difference the College can make in the lives of all its students.
Sofia is now a pre-med student at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship, which was worth $90,000 when she earned it.
The Emmy winners will be announced September 19. The program was a co-production of the New Jersey Education Association and NJTV, with additional funding by PSE&G.
Enjoy “An Immigrant’s Story here http://bcove.me/9tn37utl
Sofia’s story is a prime example of student achievement at Essex County College.