MCCC to Honor Three at Dec. 4 Community Event


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College's Board of Trustees will honor three community partners at its special community event, "Creating the Future," on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the college's Conference Center on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The event is free and the public is invited.

Following an Open House beginning at 4:30 p.m., the awards presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The Alumni Leader Award will go to Ana Berdedia of Thomas Edison State College, the Corporate Partner Award to Cenlar FSB, and the Partner in Learning Award to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.

Ana I. Berdecia, M.Ed. is the Senior Fellow/Director of the Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State College. The Center’s policy focus is to bridge the voices of teachers, practitioners, and parent/guardians to policy initiatives in New Jersey that impact the health, well-being, and educational outcomes of children and families. Prior to joining the college, Ana served as the executive director of the Puerto Rican Community Day Care Center, Inc. in Trenton, New Jersey. She has extensive experience working with diverse families and children as an administrator, program developer, trainer, and consultant.

Ana is an adjunct faculty member at Mercer, where she teaches Intro to Early Childhood Education. She serves on numerous boards and committees concerned with early childhood education and human services. She earned her AA degree at Mercer and her BA in sociology with a minor in women’s studies and master’s in education with a specialization in early childhood from The College of New Jersey. She holds a N.J. Standard Teaching Certificate in preschool through 3rd grade. Recently she completed a post-graduate certificate in Infant Mental Health from Seton Hall. She has been married for 22 years to her husband Enrique, and they have two sons Adán, 21 and Gabriel 18.

Cenlar FSB has utilized the services of MCCC’s Center for Training and Development since 2004. The college has provided customized training for Cenlar employees at many levels, including training made possible by two Department of Labor grants and Cenlar’s own substantial investment for training. According to President and CEO Gregory S. Tornquist, who will be accepting the award, the training has resulted in more efficient service and increased productivity, an increase in business opportunities and client retention.

Headquartered in Ewing, New Jersey, Cenlar FSB is a privately owned, federally chartered wholesale bank specializing in mortgage and HELOC subservicing and is the leading subservicer in the country.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RJW Hamilton) is a vital partner with MCCC’s programs in the health professions – Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, Radiography and Physical Therapist Assistant.

For many years RWJ Hamilton has provided the clinical experience sites for Mercer’s students in these programs. An excellent opportunity for Nursing students is RJW Hamilton’s paid summer externship, which provides them with invaluable hands-on experience. Many students are currently working at RWJ Hamilton and receive tuition support from the hospital; many Mercer graduates are members of its staff.

Accepting the award will be RWJ Hamilton President and CEO Ellen Guarnieri.

In addition to the awards presentations, the event will feature student performances and exhibits, including live music by the Jazz Band, food and pastries prepared by culinary students, videos produced by Television students, floral displays by Horticulture students, heart healthy displays by science students, and much more. A light buffet will be served, and MCCC's new professional radio station, "Jazz on 2," will be broadcasting live.

According to MCCC President Dr. Patricia Donohue, the event will be a "living report to the community," where visitors will see first-hand the impressive achievements of the college's students, and learn about programs and services.

The college extends a special invitation to potential students and parents, alumni, community partners, representatives from businesses, governmental organizations and area colleges, teachers and guidance counselors. To register please visit, or call Diane at 609-570-3613.

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