Top MCCC Education Students Inducted into Kappa Delta Pi


Eight education students in Mercer County Community College's Liberal Arts Division were inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education February 19 at the college.

Ana Berdecia, a 1988 MCCC graduate, gave the keynote address and offered each student personal congratulations. She is 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. Berdecia affirmed the attributes of an exceptional teacher. "It takes compassion, a bottomless pit of patience, a heart for diversity and a longing to understand each student's needs," she said.

Eight students inducted into the International Honor Society in Education, from left, are Milangee Herrera, Meenal Chandwani, Pamela Ballard, Jessica Coefer, Belinda Evans, Aysha Ahmad, Lisa DeMilio and Ashley Trimbur.
To be eligible for induction into the college's Alpha Gamma Tau chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, students must demonstrate commitment to the field of education, demonstrate leadership attributes, and attain sophomore status with a grade point average of at least 3.0.

The society, which began in 1904 and was established as a National Organization in 1924, formed an alliance with community colleges in 2004. Elizabeth DeGiorgio, MCCC assistant professor of education and psychology, who advises the group, sought the charter to establish MCCC's Alpha Gamma Chapter in 2006.
MCCC Assistant Professor Elizabeth DeGiorgio, right, presents a thank-you gift to speaker Ana Berdecia.

Kappa Delta Pi is committed year-round to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for education professionals. Members make up the top 20 percent of those entering the field of education.

MCCC's associate degree program in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an education option prepares students for transfer into baccalaureate degree education programs.

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