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Issue 2006 - 3, May 1, 2006

A View From the President's Office
Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid has begun a new column. This month he shares his thoughts as the academic year comes to a close and we look forward to Commencement and new endeavors. Click here

Graduation Ceremonies Set For May 25
The caps and gowns have been ordered and plans are underway for MCCC's graduation ceremonies on May 25 at 6 p.m. The college's central quadrangle will again be filled with hundreds of green-robed graduates and their proud professors.

An honors convocation for graduating students is set for May 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center.

MCCC Golf Outing to Benefit Student Athletes
Mercer's Athletic Department will host its 15th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, June 13, at the Mercer Oaks East Golf Course in West Windsor. Proceeds will benefit the MCCC Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund. Call (609) 586-4800, ext. 3740 or 3607. More here

Mercer Helps Develop Statewide Technical Studies Program
Community Colleges to Offer Associate Degrees to Apprentices

Mercer has helped to develop an initiative with community colleges throughout the state that will offer a new associate in applied science degree in Technical Studies to apprentices in the building and construction trades. Called New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education (NJPLACE), the program will enable registered apprentices to gain up to 25 college credits based on their training. More info

James Kerney Campus Celebrates Academic Achievement
Success stories will be abundant on May 9, when the James Kerney campus celebrates academic achievement at Trenton's War Memorial building at 6 p.m. In addition to honoring credit program graduates who began at the James Kerney campus, students will be honored for completing the GED preparation program and programs of the Career Training Institute and the English Language Institute. Four students will share their personal messages. All are welcome.

Last WIMG Broadcast to Air May 16
"It has been a challenge, but a worthwhile one," said MCCC's vice president for College Advancement, Dr. Beverly Richardson, as she plans for the last of six half-hour programs she has hosted on WIMG 1300 radio. The last show will air May 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The interview-format show focused on two topics each month -- academic majors such as nursing, criminal justice, and culinary studies, and topics of interest such as financial aid, GED prep programs, athletics, special programs at the James Kerney Campus and summer camps.

Culinary Center Serves Up a Full Plate of New Courses
With its two professional kitchens surrounding a nicely furnished dining room, Mercer is ready to serve up new and fun culinary courses for the community this spring and summer. Offerings include everything from arranging a full dinner party to making appetizers. More info

Join Us for "MCCC Alumni & Friends Theatre Evening”
MCCC hosts its fourth annual "Alumni and Friends Theatre Evening” on Friday, June 2, when g
uests will gather for a light dinner, then move to Kelsey Theatre for the opening performance of "Lucky Stiff." More info

MCCC's Center for Training and Development Enhances Client Services
SERV Behavioral Health, a client of MCCC's Center for Training and Development (CTD), won the Outstanding Service Provider of the year award from the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies (NJAMHA). They were nominated by MCCC.

"We believe SERV was chosen because of their investment in their employees, who are receiving extensive training in leadership, communications, computer skills and English as a Second Language,” said CTD Director Elaine Weinberg. Mercer's CTD currently provides training to more than 300 SERV staff members. More info

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