Office of Student Development and Counseling

Dr. S. Aisha Steplight Johnson

Director of Student Development & Career Services

The Office of Student Development and Counseling (SDC) provides support to assist students in being successful during their time at Essex County College. The office is led by Dr. S. Aisha Steplight Johnson, Director of Student Development and Career Services. The Office of Student Development and Counseling offers counseling, mental health counseling, disability services, a Career Resource Center and career services, and also advisement for graduating students to help them to smoothly transfer to four-year colleges.

 


(973) 877-3350  |  Location: Room 4122

Hours: Mon – Thurs: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM &  Fri: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

 

Counselors are available to assist students with both academic and personal concerns. Counselors assist students to help them resolve immediate personal and educational problems, including academic jeopardy. Counselors help students review their academic progress and standing, explore various majors, and plan for future education by providing information, access to resources, and enhancing skills to become mindful, goal-directed, and motivated learners.

Students who want assistance with academic and personal concerns may visit the Office of Student Development and Counseling in Room 4122 to receive counseling regarding both academic and personal matters. The office’s professionally trained Counselors are available to help students to understand College academic programs, requirements, and procedures step-by-step. Students needing assistance in planning their educational career are highly encouraged to speak with a Counselor. Students will also receive assistance with issues such as self-improvement goals, study and test-taking skills, stress and time management, personal issues, and career related decision-making.

No appointment is necessary and students may come to Room 4122 on a walk-in basis to see a Counselor. The main office may be reached at (973) 877-3350.

 

Available Counselors are: Dr. Jim Johnson, Professor Ada Torres, Professor Victor Stolberg

 

Mental Health Counseling is also available for students who need someone to talk to and help finding out about resources on-campus and off-campus that may help them with personal issues.

Contact Professor Cassandra Johnson, Room 4122.


 

 

Students with disabilities may contact Ms. Maria Mercado, Coordinator of Disability Services to self-identify and discuss their needs. Some services provided include:

  • Accommodation letters
  • Distribution of assistive technology and other resources
  • Academic Advisement
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Referral to outside agencies

 


Contact Us

You may reach the Office of Student Development and Counseling (SDC) in Room 4122 or by calling

(973) 877-3350.

We are available Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

The Essex County College Career Resource Center and Career Services in the Office of Student Development and Counseling strives to prepare its students for rewarding lifelong careers. Through our programming, career exploration and experiential learning opportunities, students are able to successfully navigate their career preparation journey. The Career Resource Center facilitates monthly workshops and events such as resume building, cover letter writing, job search techniques, career exploration, professionalism and etiquette, communication skills, and on-campus employer recruitment to support Essex County College students. 

Career Services provided by the Office of Student Development and Counseling Career Resource Center (CRC) include:

  • Career Awareness Online Tools such as Career Coach
  • Career Exploration Panels
  • Resume/Cover Letter Writing & Editing Assistance
  • 1:1 Mock Interviewing Practice
  • Dress for Success Seminars
  • Mini Career Fairs
  • Assistance with Off-Campus Job and Internship Searching & Applications

 

The Career Resource Center has computers that Essex County College students and alumni can use to work on their resumes and cover letters, create their Career Coach Profile, and search for employment opportunities.

The Essex County College Career Resource Center and Career Services in the Office of Student Development and Counseling strives to prepare its students for rewarding lifelong careers. Through our programming, career exploration and experiential learning opportunities, students are able to successfully navigate their career preparation journey. The Career Resource Center facilitates monthly workshops and events such as resume building, cover letter writing, job search techniques, career exploration, professionalism and etiquette, communication skills, and on-campus employer recruitment to support Essex County College students. 

Career Services provided by the Office of Student Development and Counseling Career Resource Center (CRC) include:

  • Career Awareness Online Tools such as Career Coach
  • Career Exploration Panels
  • Resume/Cover Letter Writing & Editing Assistance
  • 1:1 Mock Interviewing Practice
  • Dress for Success Seminars
  • Mini Career Fairs
  • Assistance with Off-Campus Job and Internship Searching & Applications

 

The Career Resource Center’s career services are available to Essex County College alumni at no cost. Essex County College alumni can reach out to the Career Resource Center staff for support with career services at crc@essex.edu or they can visit the office during office hours.

 

The Career Resource Center staff looks forward to collaborating with Essex County College Faculty and Staff to provide career-related workshops to students virtually or in the classroom.

Faculty and Staff members can reach out to the Career Resource Center at crc@essex.edu if they would like one of the CRC staff members to tailor a workshop for their students.

The Career Resource Center looks forward to collaborating with external employers to support Essex County College students who are looking for paid internships and employment opportunities. Employers can use the link below to create their employer profiles through our Career Coach platform. Upon approval, employers will be able to post jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities for Essex County College students. There is no fee to post internships and jobs or to participate in our employer recruitment events and job fairs. Employers may also request to come on campus to recruit students for employment opportunities.

 

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Main Phone:(973) 877-3350
Location: Room 4122 or by calling


 

Ms. Shadiquah Hordge
Assistant Director of Career and Transfer Services
Office of Student Development and Counseling
Phone: (973) 877-3258
Location: Room 4122
Email: hordge@essex.edu

 

Ms. Shirlgandy Saint Jean
Coordinator of Career Resources and Student Development Initiatives
Office of Student Development and Counseling
Phone: (973) 877-3399
Location: Room 4122
Email: ssaintj2@essex.edu or csc@essex.edu

 

 

We want students to “Begin with the end in mind.” It is to a student’s advantage to complete a certificate or degree while at Essex County College. When students are ready to graduate from Essex and meet with Four-Year Colleges and start applying to Four-Year Colleges, they may contact Mrs. Shadiquah Hordge, Assistant Director, Career and Transfer Services to get assistance. Ms. Hordge organizes workshops with representatives from admissions offices and they provide Essex County College students with information about the four-year college including its admissions process, majors, student events, and campus.

 

Main Phone:(973) 877-3350

Location: Room 4122 or by calling


 

Ms. Shadiquah Hordge

Assistant Director of Career and Transfer Services

Office of Student Development and Counseling

Phone: (973) 877-3258

Location: Room 4122

Email: hordge@essex.edu

 

Ms. Shirlgandy Saint Jean

Coordinator of Career Resources and Student Development Initiatives

Office of Student Development and Counseling

Phone: (973) 877-3399

Location: Room 4122

Email: ssaintj2@essex.edu or crc@essex.edu

 

 

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