Mercer County Community College Trains Princeton University Staff


A group of Princeton University employees recently completed the “Excelling at Princeton” program, developed and delivered by Mercer County Community College’s Center for Training and Development. The program is intended to make employees more effective in their current positions, and to provide them with additional skills that will allow them to be more competitive candidates for lead and supervisory positions. Since the program began in 2003, a total of 70 employees have graduated.

Participants included staff members from the university's building services, dining services, housing, grounds, maintenance and public safety areas, who met for 90 minutes twice a week during the spring and fall semesters. Their supervisors arranged work schedules so employees could take release time, while the university covered the cost of the program and course materials.

Graduates received certificates and were recognized by Princeton University’s President, Shirley M. Tilghman, at left in above photo, who said, “The university believes in two things most fundamentally. One is the power of education and the second is that we are an institution that continually strives for excellence. What is so wonderful about ‘Excelling at Princeton’ is that it combines those two things at the core of our mission to create opportunities for our staff to use education as a way to change their lives.”

A new group of program participants began classes in February.

MCCC's Center for Training and Development develops and implements custom-designed training programs for a variety of organizations, including pharmaceutical, communications, software, biotec and manufacturing companies as well as associations and government agencies. Partnerships with national training organizations such as the American Management Association, Achieve Global and others enable the Center to offer the latest in professional training.

Princeton University photo by Denise Applewhite.