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E-Bulletin of June 19, 2003
a newsletter for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College


Table of Contents Tom Wilfrid Awarded
On  June 16 the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented its 2003 Community College Spirit Award to Vice President Thomas Wilfrid for his exemplary service to the state's community college sector.

Wilfrid was recognized for his leadership in coordinating the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey, an alternate route teacher education program that allows people who already hold bachelor's degrees to earn their New Jersey teaching certification at community colleges. (See article below.)

In addition to his duties at Mercer, Wilfrid is chair of the Lawrence Township Planning Board. He is a former member of the township's council, serving as mayor in 1996. Wilfrid is also a former member of the Lawrence Township Board of Education, the Mercer County School Boards Association and the New Jersey School Boards Association.

Wilfrid holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in Physics from Princeton University and bachelor's degree in Physics from The Cooper Union.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey's 19 community colleges. It is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.
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MCCC Offers Teacher Training
MCCC, in partnership with the New Jersey City University (NJCU), is one of New Jersey's community colleges that will offer an intensive program to prepare alternate route teachers for classroom success.  The training will begin on July 7 through a program called "New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey."   MCCC will host an information session on June 26 at 6 p.m.  Call ext. 3281 to register.

Program participants will be able to earn 15 graduate credits awarded by NJCU, or they can register as a noncredit, certification-only student.   There are three program components, this summer's Pre-Service program (Phase I), the Core program (Phase II) from September 2003 through May 2004, and a Capstone Summer Institute in June 2004.

The Phase I program requires a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75.  It will introduce students to the realities of teaching as a career and will focus on needed skills and classroom management.  At the end of the summer, participants may continue in Phase II if they are employed as an alternate route teacher, or if they are continuing with the program for graduate credit and have obtained a certificate of eligibility from their county superintendent and have access to a hands-on teaching experience with children.

All aspects of the curriculum will build upon the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree available through NJCU.

For more information or to register for the information session call 609-586-4800 ext. 3281 or email ComEd@mccc.edu.
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Sunday at The Gallery
Come out this Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m., when the Gallery will host a speaker as part of the "Hidden Children" exhibit.  Marianne Meyer will present a talk about why it has been both an honor and a burden to be a child of Holocaust survivors.  The talk is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.   Help us spread the word.  For more information call 609-586-4800 ext. 3736.

Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday evening 6 to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m.   The exhibit will close on June 27. 
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Late Night Series
The MCCC students' "Late Night Series" will be held one Friday a month over the summer on July 18 and August 15.  Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30.  For more go to:  http://www.latenightseries.com/flyer.pdf
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MCCC's Golf Outing
More than 100 golfers rang in the summer season with a special day of golf at Mercer Oaks Golf Course on a picture perfect day.  Tournament sponsor was PNC Bank.  Many staffers joined regional business and industry leaders on the course.
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