The Packet

Mercer County Community College
to honor community partners on Dec. 5

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 5:11 PM EST

   Three community partners will be honored by Mercer County Community College’s Board of Trustees at a special community event, “Creating the Future; Celebrating Success,” on Wed. Dec. 5, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the college’s Conference Center on its West Windsor campus. The event is free and the public is invited.

   The honorees will be Ewing Superintendent Ray Broach, Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, and The McGraw Hill Companies.

   The McGraw-Hill Companies has partnered with MCCC’s Center for Training and Development since the 1990s to prepare its employees for the changing workplace. In 2006 Mercer’s CTD began a customized training program for the company’s technology professionals and future leaders. This program brought McGraw Hill employees to the college from throughout the U.S. and abroad.

   In October, at McGraw Hill’s corporate office in New York City, the company held a graduation for 102 employees who completed the 160-hour program. In addition, a new group of students recently began their studies in what has been named “The McGraw-Hill Institute at Mercer County Community College.”

   Ray Broach, superintendent of the Ewing Township schools, graduated from MCCC in 1970. He has been a strong supporter of the college for many years, and has been an important ambassador for community college education. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton has provided an extension site for Mercer County Community College’s Adult Basic Education program for Spanish-speaking students since 2000. The El Centro site, on South Broad Street in Trenton, serves as an important neighborhood resource, where students can achieve basic literacy skills and computer training.


   In addition to the presentations to the honorees, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Conference Center’s auditorium, the celebration will feature student performances and exhibits, including live music by the Jazz Band, pastries baked by the Hospitality Club, exhibits by fine art and digital media art students, videos produced by television students, floral displays and landscape design demonstrations by horticulture students, chemistry experiments by science students, and more. Light refreshments will be served.

   Visitors will also be able to take home information on credit and noncredit programs.

   To sign up to attend the Dec. 5 celebration, visit For more information or to sign up by phone, call Diane Badessa at 609-570-3613.