Message from President Patricia C. Donohue

July 12, 2007

Dear Friends,

What’s happening at Mercer County Community College during these hot summer days? More than 10,000 county residents are learning… and growing… at Mercer’s two campuses – including more than 2,200 children and teens, ages 6 to 17.

Approximately 4,600 credit students have either completed the college’s first summer session or are currently taking classes. Among them are students from other colleges who are home on break, as well as some well-qualified high schoolers, who come to Mercer for summer classes.

The noncredit Center for Continuing Studies is serving about 1700 adult students, studying everything from Excel and E-Commerce to Mandarin Chinese and swimming. Fifty-eight specialized business training courses are in session for 11 business clients through the Center for Training and Development.

In noncredit programs at the James Kerney Campus, the college is now serving 55 students in the Career Training Institute, about 300 in the English Language Institute, and 225 in Adult Basic Education.

At the James Kerney Campus, 239 children and teens are participating in summer enrichment programs through Upward Bound, SMILE/GearUp, and Talent Search. These programs offer academic instruction, counseling, cultural enrichment, college preparation activities and services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.

Camp College at the West Windsor campus is going strong, with 1,170 children, ages 6 to 17, participating so far this summer, and another 100 or more expected to attend a future four-week program or Friday Fun Day. Participating in the classroom and out on the field, students are enjoying the culinary arts, sciences, arts and crafts, computers, swimming and sports.

Making good use of our state-of-the-art athletic facilities, about 500 children in Mercer’s Sports Camps, ages 8 to 14, are enjoying baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, softball and more. Newest camps include mountain biking, field hockey and lacrosse.

This summer 311 students are participating in the Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts workshops -- the area’s only multidisciplinary summer arts program. Students “major” in performance, music, dance or the visual arts. Puppetry and stage combat are two of the newer programs. Concluding each session, the students perform music, song, theatricals and dance on the Kelsey Theatre stage for a “Festival of the Arts,” while others have their artwork on display in the Kelsey lobby.

These students of all ages are engaged in learning – learning personal skills, learning work skills, learning life skills – learning to create new futures!