E-Bulletin of December 22, 2003

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MCCC Receives $84,000 Grant to Mentor/Train School Personnel
Mercer’s James Kerney Campus has secured an $84,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Education to mentor and train Trenton Central High School paraprofessionals. These staff members, also called teaching assistants, need to be brought up to the level considered “highly qualified” in order to meet new federal standards in the No Child Left Behind program.

The grant will enable a newly hired career mentor to work with the paraprofessionals for ten months, and provides money to conduct summer workshops where paraprofessionals and teachers can earn college credits.

According to MCCC’s James Kerney Campus Provost Beverly Richardson, Mercer is already helping around 75 school employees who have been taking classes at both campuses in preparation for meeting the new requirements. By 2006 the paraprofessionals in New Jersey will be expected to have earned 48 college credits, or pass an ETS exam that measures their skill levels.

Credit Union Offers Visa Card
Mercer County N.J. Teachers’ Federal Credit Union (where many MCCC employees are members) now offers a Visa credit card to members. The card has no annual fee and gives points for merchandise or air miles. Choices are: Platinum 8.9%; Classic 12.9%; and Credit Builder 16.9%.

To apply or to become a member call 586-6669, ext. 14 for Tom or ext. 16 for Trudy.

Also, the Credit Union's Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 4:15 p. m. at its office on Route 33. All members are invited to attend. Elections will be held and refreshments will be served.

Visit the Credit Union website at www.mcnjtfcu.org.

orticulture Club Centerpiece Workshops
Amy Iseneker and the Horticulture Club offered workshops to staff on making centerpieces for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Proceeds will benefit club activities. Photos

Staff Holiday Party Spreads Cheer
The Staff Holiday Party on Dec. 19 was a smash hit, from the excellent food to the Santa, the Viking Elf, the decorations, the music and the more than 125 door prizes, including 70 beautiful poinsettias.

Committee members, led by Jennie DeLapo, chair, included Kimani Davis, Robert Delgado, Jackie Dunn, Kitty Getlik, Michael Glass, Donna Hull, Lynn Holl, Barbara Jefferson, Barbara Marx, Francis Paixao, Jim Smith, Lynn Steill, Carol Tosh, Dot Walton, and Vanessa Wilson.

"It really ran so smoothly because everybody does what they are good at," DeLapo said. "It is a wonderful committee of people to work with and it's more fun than work. I know everybody had a good time." Photos

Staff/Students Remember Those in Need
At their Dec. 10 holiday party, staff members at the James Kerney Campus donated gifts for families receiving assistance from the Trenton Family Preservation House, a homeless shelter. Four cartons of hats, gloves, toys, books and other gifts were delivered to the shelter in time for the holidays.

Toys and gifts were collected for area charities by members of Mercer's Professional Staff Federation, who celebrated with a breakfast on Dec. 18 in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room, beautifully catered by Mercer's food services staff. Photos

Students in Mercer's Future Teachers' Club held a "Toys for Tots" drive Dec. 15. Anyone who brought a toy was treated to lunch. Representatives from the Marine Corps Reserve were present to accept the donations.

The Student Activities Board conducted several holiday season community service projects for those in need, including gift drives for families known to them. Photos

PTA Program Wins Ten-Year Accreditation
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association has accredited MCCC's Physical Therapist Assistant program for a period of ten years. According to Program Coordinator Barbara Behrens, this is the maximum accreditation possible. An on-site evaluation team visited the college for five days in June. "We are extremely proud of this accomplishment," Behrens said.

Alumni Testimonial
Kevin C. Ellis, a 1991 Aviation Program graduate, recently wrote to Joe Blasenstein after he saw the article in The Times about Blasenstein's award from the FAA. Ellis earned his BS degree, was a flight instructor in Tennessee, and is now a captain on a Boeing 717 for AirTran Airways. He said the "first officers" on his last two trips have been former Mercer students. "Our success in the industry is a testimony to the dedication you and everyone who works beside you have put into the program. Our memories of the time spent there are fondly remembered."

Ellis is married to Nancy Hummel, also a Mercer Aviation graduate. They have two young children. "We are living what I believe is a pilot's life's dream," Ellis said.

Mercer Marketplace
Items for sale:

Off-white/almond electric dryer, $75 or best offer.
Also, bought at BJ's Wholesale Club, used for 6 months:
Maytag 8000 BTU air conditioner. $150.
Maytag 8000 BTU air conditioner w/remote. $175.
Call Margarita at ext. 6682.

Retirees To Meet
The MCCC retirees will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. at Sunny Gardens. Please call Mary McCollough at 609-771-9739.

NOTE from the Editor
Please remember to keep the Public Information Office informed about news from your unit. Also:
* If you are contacted by a reporter, please let us know.
* We are always interested in news from alumni who keep in touch, so send us a copy of any e-mails or letters from them.
Contact Saveria Symons, ext. 3736 (saveria@mccc.edu) or Wendy Humphrey, ext. 3729 (wendyh@mccc.edu).

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