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You're Invited! MCCC Open House
and Report to the Community -- Nov. 11, 2010

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West Windsor, NJ: Mercer County Community College’s Board of Trustees invites the community to its annual Open House and Report to the Community, set for Thursday, Nov. 11from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Conference Center on the West Windsor Campus. “Excellence and Vitality in Teaching and Learning” is the theme for an event that will celebrate college successes and provide information about opportunities in credit and noncredit programs.

The event is designed for potential students of all ages, as well as parents, alumni, community partners, teachers, guidance counselors, business people, governmental representatives and all who are interested in education.

Visitors will learn about the abundant choices offered at Mercer, including 68 associate degree programs designed for either transfer or career preparation.

Culinary students prepare and serve bananas foster at the 2009 Mercer County Community College Board of Trustees’ Open House and Report to the Community. This year the event is set for Thursday, Nov. 11 at the college’s Conference Center on the West Windsor Campus.

Featured will be programs in the health professions, funeral services, horticulture, information technology, criminal justice, culinary arts, radio, television, digital arts, solar energy, education and liberal arts. Future students will also learn about opportunities offered through the University Center at Mercer, Transfer Services, the Honors Program, the NJ STARS program, and the college’s Financial Aid and Career Services offices.The festivities will include live music provided by the MCCC Jazz Band, refreshments prepared by student chefs and the MCCC Conference Center, chair massages by physical therapist assistant students, videos by television students, robotics displays and many more interactive displays. Academic counseling and enrollment for winter and spring will be offered at the event.

Mercer’s noncredit division will provide information about year-round noncredit programs for career advancement and personal interest, staff training for businesses, and MCCC’s summer camps for children and teens.

Now in its fourth year, the Open House was instituted by the college’s trustees as a way to make better known the college’s services, successes and accomplishments. During a ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. the trustees will present three awards.

Receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumnus award will be New Jersey State Trooper Steven Foster of Hamilton, a 2000 graduate who will be cited for his heroism. In March 2009 he pulled a man from a burning car along Interstate 295.

Receiving the Partner in Learning award will be New Jersey Senator Shirley Turner for her advocacy for education. A former Trenton public school teacher and counselor to disadvantaged youth, she is an associate director of career services at Rider University and former Mercer County Freeholder.

The Distinguished Corporate Partner award will go to Waste Management, Inc., which has partnered with MCCC’s Center for Training and Development (CTD) over the past year. The CTD has provided extensive training programs for nearly all the company’s employees in New Jersey, with funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The company employs just over 1,400 in New Jersey and nearly 50,000 in North America.

The event coincides with the publication of the college's Annual Report and Foundation Annual Report for the 2009-10 academic year, when Mercer students distinguished themselves in a variety of ways. A Mercer student won a prestigious national “Jack Kent Cooke Foundation” scholarship and is now attending Stanford University, a female student took the “Top Pilot Award” in a regional competition, and a group of 23 enjoyed a Study Tour to Italy. Student newspaper staffers won 15 awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association and six from the Society of Professional Journalists.

"We want potential students and everyone who cares about community college education in the county to come and learn more about what we offer and to share in our successes," said MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue. “The opportunities we provide at Mercer change lives every day.”

The MCCC Conference Center is located on Mercer’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Pre-registration is requested but not required. To register online click here. For more information by phone, call 609-570-3613.

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