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Three From MCCC Honored
by the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education

6/16/10

Don Davis

West Windsor, NJ – The Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc. (AEEE) recognized three individuals from Mercer County Community College (MCCC) for outstanding achievement at its recent annual conference: “Trio: Turning Dreams into Reality in Partnership,” held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. AAEE is a forum for professionals who work with Trio federally-funded educational opportunity programs.

MCCC’s Youth College Director Donald Davis, of Lawrenceville, received the Felicita Rodriguez Torres Award of Excellence; MCCC alumnus Ernst Renondeau received the Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Award; and Kenniqua West, a participant in the Educational Talent Search program, received the Maritza Lopez Memorial Scholarship Award.

Lauded for his ability to foster collaborative relationships, Davis was cited for being “successful in helping students to excel academically and grow as individuals.” Active in the Trenton community, he has served as vice chairman and board member for Mercer County Head Start, and volunteers with the Trenton Operation Council, and the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board.

 

Don Davis, director of MCCC's Youth College.

Renondeau, a native of Haiti, excelled at MCCC as a Dean’s List student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. Transferring to Rider University, where he was a McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Scholar, he was inducted into the Lambda Beta chapter of TriBeta National Biological Honor Society. He earned a B.A. in biology from Rider last month. His professional aspiration is to find a cure for HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.

West, a 2010 graduate of Trenton Central High School, will attend Rowan University this fall. She aspires to become an entertainment lawyer. In high school she served as class treasurer and was a member of the cheerleading squad and the Yearbook Club.

Trio programs at MCCC’s James Kerney Campus include Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound. Children in grades 6-12 receive counseling, academic advisement, career exploration, educational planning, college preparation and more to encourage academic achievement and the pursuit of higher education.

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