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Graduate Well Prepared for Career in the Medical Field

Christiane Kenfack Tejiogue had a busy summer after earning her Essex County College Associate degree in General Science. She spent four weeks participating in the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) prior to starting this fall at New Jersey City University on a Presidential Scholarship.

“I’m interested in entering the medical field so this was a tremendous opportunity for me,” said the Irvington resident, who graduated from ECC with a 3.89 average. The SHPEP program this summer was held online through Rutgers University. 

SHPEP is a national program implemented at 12 universities. Participants are provided with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop.

The SHPEP program at Rutgers is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

“Congratulations to Christiane on a job well done,” said ECC Acting/Interim President Dr. Augustine Boakye. “She received a solid foundation at Essex and I know she will excel in her chosen career path,” he added.

Christiane learned about SHPEP from ECC Biology Professor Dr. Frank Duroy.

“This program has had a very positive effect on our students the past few years,” said Dr. Duroy. While most participants in SHPEP are from four year colleges, he said ECC students have done very well. “It’s an academic pipeline that leads toward a career in medicine or another biomedical field,” he added.  

“Christiane is a hardworking, dedicated student; a positive role model,” said Dr. Duroy. “She manages her time correctly and that’s critical to success,” he added.

When she starts at NJCU this fall, Christiane will be a Biology major. “I majored in General Science at ECC because I was at first not sure what I wanted to do,” she explained. “I’ve always loved biology, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to major in it. I now have more experience and confidence now to consider the medical field.”

While an Essex County College student, Christiane served as Vice President for Service in the College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter. She also volunteered with Students 2 Science, an organization that mentors high school students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.

Now Christiane is confident that the edcia0otnm she received at Essex County College