The Community is Invited

"Creating the Future, Celebrating Success"
Dec. 5, 2007

10-12-07

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College's Board of Trustees invites the community to "Creating the Future; Celebrating Success," a special event set for Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the college's Conference Center on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. According to MCCC president Dr. Patricia Donohue, the event will be a "living report to the community," where visitors will see first-hand the impressive achievements of the college's students, and learn about programs and services.

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 demos by Horticulture students, blood pressure screenings by students in the health professions and much more. Light refreshments will be served. Visitors will also be able to take home information on credit and noncredit programs.

"We have seen the college achieve so many goals this year, and we want to share those successes with the community," said MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue."We want everyone who cares about community college education in the county to come and be part of this event." Three special community partners who have contributed to the college's success over the years will be honored: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Catholic Charities and Ewing schools superintendent Ray Broach, an alumnus.

The celebration will coincide with the publication of the college's Annual Report for the 2006-07 academic year, which includes the inauguration of President Donohue in May, the county's Police Academy opening its doors at the West Windsor Campus in January, announcement of a new Honors Program, and major student awards.

The college's Flight Team scored first place in the Northeast Region competition of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association, and scored third for two-year colleges in the national competition.

Mercer's Television production students won several awards for their work. The year also saw the men's soccer team winning its way to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) title game, where they came in a close second. The women's softball team traveled to the NJCAA World Series for the first time since 1988. Their 38-8 record was the team's best ever.

The year was also distinguished by multiple community service projects by Mercer students, including building houses and producing a video for Habitat for Humanity, and taking a chemistry "road show" to students at five elementary schools. Students also raised thousands of dollars for numerous area charities and for student scholarships, and even sent kitchen supplies to a youth program in North Africa.

The college extends a special invitation to community partners, representatives from businesses, governmental organizations and area colleges, teachers, guidance counselors and parents.

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

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