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MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies Focuses on Teacher and Industry Training this Fall; Information Session Scheduled for Sept. 7



CCS staff members are ready to advise and serve. Front row, from left, are Lis DaRocha, Andrea Bash, Flo Sult, Connie Mesaros, Barbara Foldetta, and Martha Redondo; back row, from left, Jonathan Sofo, Rose Cooper, Rosemarie Bianco, CCS Director Michael Edmondson, and Jigna Rao.

West Windsor, N.J. – Industry training and education for teachers are front and center this fall at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Center for Continuing Studies (CCS.) From Montessori Teacher Training and Child Care Development certificate programs to Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) construction training, CCS offers lifelong learning opportunity to those at all stages of their careers.

A free Information Session will be held at the MCCC Conference Center on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. CCS administrators, staff, instructors and program managers will be available to answer program-specific questions. Tuition assistance may be available in certain programs for those who qualify.

Registration is requested by calling 609-570-3311. All who pre-register will be eligible for a raffle prize drawing. The Conference Center is located on Mercer’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Parking is available in the West Parking Lot adjacent to the Conference Center.

CCS’s fall offerings begin on Sept. 5 with the first module of the Montessori Teacher Training certificate program, presented in affiliation with the American Montessori Society. The MCCC program is the only college-based program in the state to receive accreditation from the Montessori Council for Teacher Education. Classes are held on-site at the Robbinsville Montessori School. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017-18 program. Contact information and application requirements are listed at

Also for educators of young students is CCS’s Child Care Development certificate. Emphasizing teaching concepts and techniques that can be put to immediate use, classes can be taken as part of the certificate program or on an individual basis. Classes include: “Health and Safety with Young Children” Sept. 6 to Oct. 11; “Guiding Children’s Behavior” Sept. 7 to Oct. 12; “Physical Development” Oct. 17 to Nov. 21; “Getting Creative with Art, Music and Drama” Oct. 18 to Nov. 29; and “Children’s Language and Literature” Oct. 19 to Nov. 30.

Adding to CCS’s growing list of industry job training are courses in safety. CCS Director Dr. Michael Edmondson observes that safety enhances a culture of productivity. “Eliminating accidents, improving workplace safety, and expanding employee knowledge are three critical elements required to protect people, property, and the environment,” he said.

Debuting on Sept. 9 is “HAZWOPER” hazard safety training, a 40-hour course taught by instructors from HazTek, Inc., one of the largest safety firms in the country. An eight-hour “HAZWOPER” refresher course will be offered Oct. 14.

Also focused on workplace safety are OSHA and hazardous material cleanup and remediation courses, including “OSHA Industry Outreach” Sept. 12 to Oct. 12 (30 hours);  OSHA Construction General Industry Outreach” Sept. 23 and 30 (10 hours); “OSHA Construction Outreach” Oct. 17 to Nov. 16 (30 hours); and “OSHA Construction Training” Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 (10 hours). OSHA cards will be issued by mail following successful completion of these courses.

On the engineering side, “NICET Highway Construction Levels I, II and III” will be offered in October and November for engineering technicians involved in highway construction projects. These courses will prepare participants for the certification exam, to be offered at MCCC Nov. 11 and Dec. 2. (CCS provides the only program of this type in the tristate area.)

Many computer skill building classes and other professional courses will be offered this fall. CCS also offers a wide variety of personal interest courses on campus and online starting monthly. More information is available at For questions, email or call 609-570-3311.

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