MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang (left), discusses the role of community colleges in the faith community with the Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton and Parimal Patel of BAPS Swaminarayan Madir in Robbinsville.
TRENTON – Clergy members from more than 30 Trenton-area organizations came together March 16 at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) James Kerney Campus (JKC) in Trenton to discuss needs, educational priorities, and next steps to move the city forward.
“We are a community college, and we cannot be successful without the support of community leaders,” said Dr. Jianping Wang, MCCC president. “Service is our sole purpose.”
The Interfaith Breakfast at JKC served as an open forum for area religious leaders, all of whom had areas of concern regarding the social and educational well-being of members of their respective congregations. Topics of concern include challenges faced by immigrants, health and wellness, the aging population, and offering a second chance to individuals returning to the community after incarceration.
“Mercer is about opening peoples’ minds, changing lives,” Wang said. “If there is anything we should provide, we want to hear about it.”
The Rev. William Coleman, minister at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton and a member of the MCCC Board of Trustees, encouraged fellow clergy members to take an active role at Mercer and to utilize the resources available to move the community forward.
“A community college is a place that is uplifting,” Coleman said. “This is where we can include all of you. I want all of you to know what role you can play. Together, we can go places.”
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