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Issue 2006 - 6, September 19, 2006

"View from the President's Office"
Click here for Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid's remarks on "A New Year, a New Partnership, and an Old Friend Returns."

ETS Signs Agreement with MCCC
MCCC signed a three-year agreement with Educational Testing Service (ETS) on August 29. The first such agreement between ETS and an institution of higher education, it will enable the two organizations to work together in developing and pilot-testing assessment and instructional solutions for community colleges. The agreement builds upon a relationship under which MCCC faculty, staff and students have pilot-tested several testing instruments for ETS over the past two years. More here

Remembering 9-11-01
On Monday, 9-11, MCCC's staff, faculty, students and guests came together for a moving ceremony to remember those killed five years ago on 9-11-01. Acting President Thomas Wilfrid, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Rev. Robert Wittik and Freeholder Elizabeth Muoio addressed the gathering. Student Elizabeth Boyle sang "God Bless America."
Click here for photos and remarks.

Attention Parents of Teens
Stage-struck teens now have a new venue for learning and expression. "Tomato Patch On-Screen and Off-Screen," a continuation of the popular Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts summer camp at Kelsey Theatre, will offer acting workshops for teens in grades 7 through 12 this fall. Click here for details.

Half-Day Conference for Mercer County Employers
The Workforce Investment Board and other area organizations have partnered with MCCC in hosting a half-day conference on Oct. 5, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at The Conference Center at Mercer. All employers in the county are invited. The program includes panel discussions, breakout sessions and a networking reception at 5:00 spronsored by Verizon. Click here for details.

Retire With Attitude!
Thinking about "retirement?" With so many baby boomers planning for the future, MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies has designed a new series of classes under the banner "Retire with Attitude." Click here for details.

Distinguished Lecture Series Begins
Artist and professor Mel Leipzig will present the semester's first lecture Sept. 21, "The History of Landscape Painting." More here

Deirdre Imus of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology will discuss the hazardous effects of the chemicals in many common household products Sept. 28. More here

Click here for the full list of upcoming lectures.

Culinary Center Spices Up Fall Courses
This fall, the Culinary Center at Mercer opens its doors to cooks of all levels. Using both demonstration and hands-on instruction, MCCC faculty and guest chefs will teach workshops in a variety of specialty cuisines, baked goods, and healthy menus. All classes are held in MCCC's state-of-the-art Culinary Center on the West Windsor campus. Click here for details.

Trenton-Mercer Airport to Host Golf Tournament
for Aviation Scholarships Oct. 4

Friends of Trenton Mercer Airport will host their Second Annual "Sky's the Limit" Golf Outing on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Mountain View Golf Course in West Trenton. The event raises scholarship funds for aviation students. Last year, MCCC Aviation student Aristocrates Lima was a $3,000 scholarship recipient. For registration and sponsorship information, call Wolcott Blair of Ronson Aviation at (609) 771-9500.

MCCC Graduates Succeed at Rowan and Montclair
Rowan University reports that two MCCC transfer students, Kristin M. Ruck and Cameshia Caldwell, earned their B.A. degrees cum laude in Business Administration. Caldwell was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and scored in the 90th percentile nationwide on the ETS Major Field Test in Business.

Montclair State University reports that six student transfers earned their B.A. degrees this spring. "The success of these graduates is a testament to the fine preparation they received at Mercer County Community College," said Susan A. Cole, president. Montclair has 33 MCCC applicants for transfer this year.

State Employees Learn Through MCCC's Center for Training and Development
Seventeen employees of the NJ Department of Health "graduated" from a training program called "Health Career Ladders" recently. The training was designed and taught by MCCC's Center for Training and Development. The graduates are eligible to transfer into a certificate program in social services or into a college credit program.

Kelsey Theatre's Fall Lineup

September 23 -- "Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon" Is First Up for Kids
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 -- Sing Along With Mother Goose in "A Pocketful of Rhymes"
Oct. 6-15 -- So Many Ways to Say Crazy in "Arsenic and Old Lace"
Oct. 14 -- "The Emperor's New Clothes"

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