Three Honored at MCCC's Special Community Event

12-6-07

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College's Board of Trustees highlighted student successes and presented honors to three community partners at a special community event, "Creating the Future; Celebrating Success," on Dec. 5. The honorees were Ewing Superintendent Ray Broach, Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, and The McGraw Hill Companies.

The celebration featured student performances and exhibits, including Theatre and Dance students performing part of the student theatrical, "Seven Sins," and music by the Jazz Band. MCCC president, Dr. Patricia Donohue, presented a summary of college and student successes, highlighted by a video presentation of the year's finest moments.

Ray Broach, who received the "Alumni Leader Award," is superintendent of the Ewing Township schools and a 1970 graduate of Mercer County Community College. He has been a strong supporter of the college for many years, and has been an important ambassador for community college education. Ewing Township sends a large number of district graduates to Mercer each year. Mr. Broach earned his bachelor's in education, his master's degree in urban education, and a supervisor's and administrator's certificate from Trenton State College (now of College of New Jersey). He continued his studies at Rutgers and Nova Universities in educational administration. A man of many talents, he is also an ordained minister, a vocalist and organist.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, recipient of the "Partner in Learning" award, 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. They are then prepared to continue their studies toward a GED at Mercer's James Kerney Campus. The El Centro site is one of eight adult basic education sites throughout the city of Trenton administered by Mercer County Community College. Ron Gering and Bob Hernandez accepted the award.

Honorees are pictured with MCCC Board Chair Anthony (Skip) Cimino and MCCC President Patricia Donohue. From left are honoree Raymond Broach, Superintendent of the Ewing Schools; Cimino; honoree Bruce Marcus of The McGraw Hill Companies; Dr. Donohue; and honorees Ron Gering and Bob Hernandez of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton.
MCCC Theatre student Sasha Giboyeaux performs a scene from the play "Seven Sins" entitled "An Arm and a Leg," written by New York playwright Stephen Gnojewski and directed by Louis Wells.

The McGraw Hill Companies, recipients of the "Corporate Partner Award," has partnered with MCCC's Center for Training and Development (CTD) 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 the company's corporate office in New York City, The McGraw-Hill Companies 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." Bruce Marcus, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, accepted the award.

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