Achieves Top Score on National Board Exam
Kathryn Radice graduated from Mercer County Community College’s
Service program last May, she was just as apprehensive about
taking her board exams as her classmates were. She never imagined
she would earn one of the top two scores in the nation for 2004.
Radice was honored
for her performance by the international conference of the Funeral
Service Examining Boards in early April. She traveled to Arkansas
for an awards banquet along with Robert Smith, faculty coordinator
of MCCC’s Funeral Service program, and faculty member Deborah
Tolboom. “Mercer’s program is excellent and the faculty
is very dedicated,” said Radice, who was the winner of MCCC’s
2004 academic award in Funeral Services.
A mother of
three, Radice came late in life to her new profession. She worked
as an antique dealer for many years and has a B.A. in English from
Rutgers University. After working for a friend at Worden-Hoidal
Funeral Home in Red Bank, she decided to become a certified funeral
few students match Radice’s near perfect score on the board
exams, Mercer graduates have achieved a higher than average exam
pass rate since 1997. Of Mercer’s full-time students who graduated
in 2004, 94% passed the exam. In two recent years Mercer graduates
achieved a 100% pass rate.
Service program at MCCC is the only one of its kind in the region,
drawing students of all ages from a wide geographic area. The program
emphasizes business management and public health, the sciences,
and the legal, technical, and regulatory aspects of funeral service.
Students complete internships at approved funeral homes and develop
their skills in the college’s modern embalming facility. The
program can be completed either full- or part-time. For more information
contact Robert Smith at 609-486-4800 ext. 3472.
Service programs at Mercer