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
Credit Union Offers
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,"
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.
Items for sale:
dryer, $75 or best offer.
Also, bought at BJ's Wholesale
Club, used for 6 months:
8000 BTU air conditioner. $150.
Maytag 8000 BTU air conditioner w/remote. $175.
Call Margarita at
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
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