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Two MCCC Students Named to All-State Academic Team


West Windsor, NJ:  The New Jersey Council of County Colleges honored two Mercer County Community College students as part of its Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Day celebration on May 5 at the Trenton Marriott Hotel. Christopher Obudho and Loc Tran were among honorees from New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.

For December graduate Christopher Obudho of Hamilton (A.A. Political and Legal Studies), serving in the Air Force launched a passion for politics. After completing his tour of duty, Obudho transferred to MCCC for its “broad choice of courses, excellent reputation and affordability.”  He praises Prof. Stephen Downey, Prof. Noreen Duncan and Prof. Eric Watson calling them “top-notch scholars.”

MCCC students Christopher Abudho and Loc Tran were named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's All-State Academic Team.

Obudho is now completing his first semester with William Paterson University which offers classes online and at MCCC’s West Windsor campus.  He also works as an security officer on campus, and provides professional writing and editing services for businesses.  His ultimate goal is to become a professor of American History and Government. 

“My Mercer experience has been phenomenal,” said Obudho.  “It turned a page of a new chapter in my life.  It’s never too late to realize a dream.  There are support networks among the faculty, students and staff that will bend over backwards to help you attain your goal.” 

Loc Tran, of Trenton, is an international student from Vietnam who first came to the U.S. in 2008.   A hard working business major, he honed his leadership skills through participation in the International Student Organization, Phi Theta Kappa, and as a mentor for the DREAM program, which helps cognitively impaired students Known for always having a pleasant smile, Tran bikes to campus in good weather and bad.  He will be transferring to Drexel University this fall to continue his business studies.


“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, and the Coca-Cola Foundation,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities.”

The New Jersey Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration is sponsored by PSE&G. Also, 20 of New Jersey’s four-year colleges

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