educators attend an information session with members of MCCC's Academic
Support Services staff to learn about the new DREAM program.
Standing, from left:
Joe Zimmerman of Hightstown High School, Lydia Walegir and Sue
Onaitis of MCCC, Kim Badessa of Ewing High School, and Arlene
Stinson of MCCC. Seated, at back: Cathy Nolan of Hamilton High
School West, Gloria Conover of Steinert High School, and Valerie
Kerrigan of Delaware Valley Regional. Seated
in front: Trish Maldera of Mercer Jr/Sr High School, Betsy Beese
of Nottingham High School, and JoAnn Lupo of Lawrence High School.
Thursday, March 23, Mercer’s Academic
Support Services office will host an Open House for families,
professionals and community members to provide information about
DREAM “Developing Real Expectations for Achieving Mastery.”
The Open House takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Student Center’s
Faculty Dining Room (SC145). The college is located at 1200 Old
Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ. All New Jersey residents are welcome,
however admissions priority for the program will be given to residents
of Mercer County.
DREAM will enable students 18 to 25 to develop a personalized
schedule of pre-college and college courses based on their interests
and built around their specific needs.
courses can be audited or taken for credit. “The program
is very individualized,” Onaitis said. “Each student
is unique and each will select the courses, challenges and level
of assistance they need.”
Helping the students to succeed
will be college student mentors from programs such as Education
and Psychology. They will provide supportive services ranging
from orientation to the campus and classrooms to accompanying
DREAM students to class, taking notes and helping with assignments.
DREAM is a demonstration project funded by a grant from Laura
and Steve Riggio, through the National Down Syndrome Society.
Mercer County Community College and The College of New Jersey
each received $50,000 grants to develop model programs. The first
group of students is expected to begin the program at Mercer in
For more information call 609-586-4800, ext. 3375 or ext. 3517.
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