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Project S.M.I.L.E./GEAR UP

Mercer County Community College, in conjunction with the Commission on Higher Education, offers an academic enrichment program called Project SMILE/GEAR UP. The Program is housed at the James Kerney Campus of Mercer County Community College, Trenton, New Jersey. Through SMILE/GEAR UP, 7th and 8th grade students, who attend Holland, King, or Headgepeth/Williams Middle Schools participate in math, science, communications, self-development, computer classes with online Internet help, cooperative learning groups, and interdisciplinary study. Students attend classes on Saturday during the school year, and Monday through Friday for six weeks during the summer. Lunch, books and bus tickets are provided. Students also participate in culturally enriching activities and field trips.

SMILE COMPONENTS (Science and Math Interesting and Learned Easily)

  • COUNSELING (academic, career, and personal)
  • TUTORING (one-on-one and computer-aided instruction)

Smile Parent Association encourages parents to be advocates for their child/children through workshops, seminars, and various activies.

JKC Summer 2002 Web Design Class project site


The program is looking for college students, professionals, and community members to be tutors, mentors, instructors, or volunteers.

If you would like additional information about Project SMILE, please write to: Project SMILE, Mercer County Community College, North Broad and Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, call (609) 586-4800, extension 6578 or 6579, or send us an e-mail message.

Administrative Staff:

Wayne Murray, Director (ext. 6656)
Rakima Stokes, Assistant Director (ext. 6568)
Wilma Harley, Technical Assistant (ext. 6569)
Joyce Kilmer
Luis Munoz-Rivera