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Bergen Foundation Awards Students $101k

Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., and scholarship recipient Fabiola Newman.

PARAMUS, N.J. – This year’s holiday “giving season” featured $101,000 in Bergen Community College Foundation scholarships for 124 students. The honorees, who received scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, earned recognition for their academic performance and persistence. A ceremony for the scholarship award winners took place Dec. 5 at Bergen’s main campus. The foundation leads the application and disbursement process of student scholarships, which has awarded students approximately $20 million since its 1982 inception.

 

Scholarship recipients, by hometown:

Allendale

Shelley Capener, $1,000

 

Bayonne

Michele Youssef, $500

 

Bergenfield

Andres Gonzalez, $1,000

 

Bloomfield

Alexis Lawrence, $1,000

 

Bogota

Amima Chaudhry, $500

 

Cliffside Park

Shrankhla Chand, $1,000

Ryan Grossman, $500

 

Closter

Luiza Mircovich, $1,000

 

Dumont

Brian Muro, $1,000

 

East Rutherford

Cristian Teran, $500

 

Emerson

Aimee Balancio, $1,000

 

Englewood

Bryan Gomez, $1,000

Amber Mills, $1,000

Kimberly Salazar, $500

 

Fort Lee

Hyung Jin Kim, $500

 

Garfield

Nicholas Happel-Terzariol, $1,000

Alexander Kostovski, $1,000

Aida Molla, $500

Christopher Olszowy, $500

Elda Pere, $500

 

Edgewater

Grace Rwechungura, $1,000

 

Elmwood Park

Nidhiben Patel , $500

Arna Ruz, $500

Nicholas Scrivanich, $1,000

Ashley Swolek, $500

Carissa Tedesco, $500

Diala Yeshoua , $500

 

Fair Lawn

Mykhailo Malko, $1,000

Christopher Kinch, $500

Meredith Feola, $1,000

Anthony Revilla, $1,000

Rosio Sanchez-Montoya, $500

 

Fairview

Xiomara Ayala, $500

Lilianna Leuzzi, $1,000

 

Fort Lee

Adele Lipkin, $1,000

Hyung Jin Kim, $500

Jonghee Park, $1,000

 

Garfield

Christopher Eddy, $500

Oluwapelumi Esolade, $1,000

Agata Hetel, $1,000

 

Hackensack

Gabriella Menendez, $1,000

Eric Polanco, $1,000

 

Hasbrouck Heights

Tenzin Kalden , $1,000

Christian Ocampo, $500

 

Hawthorne

Gabriela Correa, $1,000

Shayla Lugo, $1,000

 

Hillsdale

Lazlo Horvath, $1,000

Mary Mortensen, $1,000

 

Jersey City

Marlen Herrara, $1,000

 

Kearny

Alicia Moran, $500

 

Leonia

Yuki Yamada, $500

 

Little Ferry

Glenda Nunagcatacutan, $1,000

Liza Tehawkha, $1,000

 

Lodi

Sophia Cassera, $500

Alyson Daleo, $500

Jessica Ichoa, $1,000

Nicole Infante, $1,000

Karla Paulino, $1,000

Luis Sanchez, $500

Anis Shili, $500

 

Lyndhurst

Betania Martins Dacosta, $500

Cristina Calvin, $1,000

Gianna Jacobelli, $500

 

Maywood

Nia Lee, $1,000

Nadine McManus, $500

Brian Mohar, $1,000

Vanessa Molina, $500

 

Midland Park

Sarah Meima, $1,000

 

Monsey, New York

Rachel Lieber, $1,000

 

North Arlington

Jeremy Nifras, $1,000

Meghavi Pandya, $500

 

North Bergen

Marcelo Nardella, $1,000

 

Oakland

Daniele Kim, $1,000

Theresa Cruciata, $1,000

Nicolette Goldhirsch, $1,000

 

Oak Ridge

Lynzie Northrup, $1,000

 

Old Tappan

Junbyung Chae, $1,000

 

Palisades Park

Arthur Im, $1,000

 

Paramus
Dewa Syed Matiullah, $1,000

 

Passaic

Chayna Abraham, $500

 

Piscataway

Rebecca Oliva, $1,000

 

Ramsey

John Tully, $1,000

 

Ridgefield

Rabia Hafsa Oksuz, $1,000

Talin Toubrakji, $1,000

 

Ridgefield Park

Ariana Basdeo, $500

Valerie Correa, $500

Anna Dalton, $1,000

Jan Talingdan, $500

 

Ridgewood

Christine Brigliadoro, $500

Gina Han, $1,000

 

River Edge

Michael Khederlarian, $1,000

 

River Vale

Christine Han, $500

 

Rochelle Park

Camila Abelaj, $500

Jiyoun Lee, $500

 

Rutherford

Maddalena Carpignano, $1,000

Kaitlyn Hirst, $1,000

Fabiola Newman, $500

Kristen Webster, $500

 

Saddle Brook

Caitlin Conway, $1,000

 

Secaucus

Nur Abouzid, $1,000

 

Teaneck

Kathleen Bowes, $1,000

Ayesha Javed, $500

Rafael Zarifa, $1,000

 

Union City

Juan Aguirre, $500

 

Wallington

Edward Konopka, $1,000

Robert Krasowski, $1,000

Jemil Srejic, $1,000

Maciej Szajwaj, $500

 

Wayne

Joshua Bandiola, $1,000

Jessica Zuber, $1,000

 

Weehawken

Viktoriya Barabash, $1,000

 

Westwood

Elena Pietrocco, $1,000

 

Wood Ridge

Kristine Amels, $1,000

Ilaria  Cangialosi, $1,000

Tyler Zamski, $1,000

 

Woodcliff Lake

Taylore Evola, $1,000

 

Woodland Park

Katalina Escobar, $1,000

 

Wyckoff

Mergim Kica, $1,000

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Loud and Clear: College Communicators Honored

The $50 for 50 fundraising campaign placed first among all entries in the special event/fundraising campaign category.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College communicators have once again proven they have a way with words. For the fourth consecutive year, the College and its Office of Public Relations, Community and Cultural Affairs have earned recognition from the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for exemplary communication campaigns, winning three awards. Bergen has now won eight awards from the American Association of Community Colleges affiliate in the last four years.

This year, Bergen’s work placed among the top three submissions in the special event/fundraising campaign, print advertisement and electronic newsletter categories. The $50 for 50 campaign, which took place as part of the institution’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2017-18, won first-place honors in the event/fundraising category. It represents the third first-place honor the College has earned from NCMPR. Designed to create a lasting legacy of the 50th anniversary at the institution, the campaign ultimately secured donations from more than 400 current and former students, faculty, staff and community members. Proceeds will provide educational support and student scholarships through the Bergen Community College Foundation. The College will unveil a donor wall with the names of benefactors later this academic year.

Recognition in NCMPR’s print advertisement category came as part of another initiative in the 50th anniversary celebration. The 50 Years of Success Stories advertising series chronicled the stories of alumni, current students and faculty who made significant contributions to the College community. The ads appeared in local newspapers, magazines and outdoor media.

Bergen’s final award applauded a two-time NCMPR honoree – the institution’s video news magazine, Studio Bergen. Now in its eighth season, Studio Bergen counts down the institution’s top 10 stories each month, airing on Torch TV, channel 26 of the Verizon FIOS cable television system and via the College’s official YouTube page. Studio Bergen is a joint production of the Office of Public Relations, Community and Cultural Affairs and the Office of Media Technologies.

The NCMPR District 1 Medallion awards, announced in Annapolis, Maryland Nov. 6, recognize excellence in community, technical and junior college marketing and public relations activities at 650 colleges in the northeastern U.S., Canada and the U.K. each year.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Bergen Student Named Best in New Jersey

From left: NJCCC President Aaron Fichtner, Ph.D.; NJCCC Chair Helen Albright; Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D.; Elda Pere; Alfred Pere; and Bergen Vice President of Academic Affairs William Mullaney, Ph.D.

EDISON, N.J. – On Friday, Nov. 16, as part of the Vision 2028 Leadership Summit, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the New Jersey Community College Student of the Year Award to Bergen Community College’s Elda Pere. The award is presented annually to a student in recognition of his or her academic excellence, character, inspirational success and/or service to their communities.

Pere, of Garfield, was honored for her academic excellence and service to the College and her community. She is developing her own field of mathematics that she believes will lead to a better understanding of nature and, in effect, how the world uses it, called Trigonacci. She developed it during a summer research internship with the STEM Student Scholars Program, an honor society for STEM majors at Bergen.

“Approximately 320,000 students enrolled at New Jersey’s community colleges this year, but, to my knowledge, only one developed her own field of mathematics,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “Among other accomplishments, Elda also serves as the international president of Phi Theta Kappa and led the College’s Enable program, which helped develop prosthetic hands for disabled students using 3D printing. It’s this commitment to community – alongside her academic pursuits – that makes Elda so unique and extraordinary. I am proud of Elda and gratified that Bergen has offered learning experiences that have nurtured her continued path of success.”

Pere holds a 4.0 grade point average and was elected the international president of Phi Theta Kappa at the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Convention in Kansas City. Other achievements include being selected as a 2017 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise and a 2018 Achieving the Dream Scholar. She is also a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities.

The award, a glass acorn atop a metal base, was designed and created through a partnership between Salem Community College and Camden County College. Salem has one of the most innovative glass programs in the country and Camden has been a leader in New Jersey in training and educating students to work in the metal fabrication and advanced manufacturing industries.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is a resource that strengthens and supports the state’s 19 community colleges.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Celebrate the Season with Bergen Sinfonia

PARAMUS, N.J. – Celebrate the holiday season with an uplifting performance from the Bergen Sinfonia Orchestra Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Bergen Community College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road).

Under the musical direction of Murray Colosimo and featuring Metropolitan opera lyric soprano Sara Beth Pearson, the orchestra will perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake Ballet” along with seasonal works from Mozart and Johann Strauss. Pearson made her solo debut with the Metropolitan Opera in its 2012 production of “Manon” and returned as a soloist in “La Rondine” and “Les Dialogues des Carmelites.”

A preshow in the theatre lobby will feature Canadian brass carols.

Tickets are $45 for the general public, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and guests. For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit tickets.bergen.edu.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Volunteer Center Thanks College for LEAD-ing

Bergen Vice President of Academic Affairs William Mullaney, Ph.D.

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Bergen Volunteer Center recognized Bergen Community College for its commitment to changing lives in the region at the group’s annual “Hearts of Gold Dinner and Auction” Nov. 8 at the Stony Hill Inn. The College partners with the Volunteer Center on numerous initiatives, including sponsoring faculty and staff participants in the Bergen LEADS professional development program. The Volunteer Center celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the program at the dinner.

Bergen Vice President of Academic Affairs William Mullaney, Ph.D., spoke for the College at the event. He also serves on the Volunteer Center’s board of directors.

“In many ways, the story of the Bergen Volunteer Center and Bergen Community College are intertwined,” he said. “Both began their stories of supporting our community approximately fifty years ago; both have made indelible impacts on the lives of countless members of our community; and both contribute as community partners to the greater good of Bergen County. LEADers at the College represent the embodiment of the program’s mission – to develop the strategic thinkers and leaders that make in impact at their organization and in the community.”

In addition to Vice President Mullaney and President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., many of the College’s LEADS participants attended the dinner. The institution’s LEADS members are: Susan Barnard, Ph.D., Ria Bloss, Victor Brown, Ph.D., Lisa DiGaetano, Christine Gillespie, Angie Goldszmidt, Larry Hlavenka, Jennifer Migliorino-Reyes and David Wang.

In addition to honoring the College and 10 years of Bergen LEADS, the Volunteer Center also recognized Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Fanny Meyer Hillers Elementary School Principal Joy Dorsey-Whiting, Holy Name Medical Center President Michael Maron and DMR Architects Urban Planner Francis Reiner for their contributions to Bergen County.

The Volunteer Center began in 1966 when the Junior League of Bergen County and a group of concerned residents saw the need for a clearinghouse matching prospective volunteers with agencies that needed help.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Photography Exhibition Explores Citizenship

Work by Chilean photographer Tamara Merino.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Gallery Bergen will open its season with “Belongings,” a photography exhibition on citizenship featuring the work of Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Clem Albers (1942) and Tamara Merino (2018) this month. Gallery Director Timothy Blunk curated the exhibition.

The exhibition, which explores United States citizenship in two eras – the 1940s and the present – contains numerous pieces from Lange, Adams and Albers, whose Library of Congress-supplied collection of photography document the registration, processing and internment of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry in the West. Meanwhile, the exhibition’s contemporary work by Chilean photographer Tamara Merino – previously featured in National Geographic – examines the plight of Central American refugees who traveled over 1,000 miles through Mexico to camp on the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, hoping to obtain asylum in U.S.

The gallery, located in West Hall at Bergen Community College (400 Paramus Road, Paramus), invites guests to visit Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. “Belongings” will close Saturday, Dec. 22. For more information, email [email protected]

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Humanities Grant to Fund College Veterans Program

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College’s Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation and the Veterans and Military Affairs Center have received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of a new program for military veterans and their families. The program, “No Man’s Land: Dialogues on the Experience of War,” will give student veterans and non-veterans the opportunity to reflect on war and military service through a series of discussions and activities.

The grant will help expand the institution’s outreach to its student veterans and the community at-large, according to the interdisciplinary project’s co-directors Thomas LaPointe, associate professor of composition and literature, and John Giaimo, associate professor and licensed professional counselor. The series will explore the intersections of World War I and the ongoing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, using humanities resources such as poetry, short stories and excerpts from novels and memoirs, in combination with works of visual art, installation and film.

“This award is an important acknowledgment of the value of the humanities in higher education and the role it plays in developing critical thinking, reasoning and creative approaches to the complex issues of the 21st century,” LaPointe said. “Examining and exploring the experience of war also offers an extraordinary opportunity to engage in discussions about the impact of trauma in our local Bergen community – and globally.”

Set to begin during the spring 2019 semester, a team of trained dialogue leaders comprised of Bergen faculty, staff and external professionals and current or former Bergen students will facilitate open-ended discussions with veterans and non-veterans. The themes of the dialogue series will include deployment, “No Man’s Land” (combat experience) and coming home.

The NEH offers the “Dialogues on the Experience of War” program as part of its current initiative “Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War.” Established in 2015, the highly competitive national grant has been awarded to an average of 15 organizations per year. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service.

There are approximately 130 self-identified student veterans enrolled at Bergen and more than 31,000 veterans who live in Bergen County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2013, the College opened its Veterans and Military Affairs Center at the main campus. Through the center, the College offers veteran-specific counselors and advisers, and information on benefits, events and resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Travel “Into the Woods” at Bergen this Month

Leigh Jonaitis, Warwick, New York, as the Witch; Kevin Bergen, Glen Rock, as the Baker; and Natasha J. Gaston, West New York, as the Baker’s Wife.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergenstages theatre troupe will open its next show, the musical “Into the Woods,” Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Bergen Community College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road).

Based on the book by James Lapine and with music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim, the performance explores three different fairytales and reveals how the characters’ actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The story chronicles the lives of the baker and his wife who want to have a child, Cinderella who is longing to go to the King’s festival and Jack who wishes his cow would give him milk. By the end of Act I, the characters receive their wishes and appear happy. However, their lives are about to take an unexpected turn when Jack’s beanstalk allows a giant to enter the town. The community must make sacrifices to save each other and their kingdom.

The show runs Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 6, Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, matinee performances will take place at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre.

Show ticket prices for the general public are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and students. For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit tickets.bergen.edu.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Bergen Students’ Earnings No. 1 Among State Peers

Bergen’s main campus in Paramus.

PARAMUS, N.J. – According to the federal government, Bergen Community College students earn the highest salaries among past enrollees at the state’s 19 two-year institutions and even out-earn peers from some four-year institutions. The data, reported through the recently updated “College Scorecard” maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, ranks colleges by students’ median earnings 10 years after enrollment. Stevens Institute of Technology students led the overall rankings of New Jersey public, private, two- and four-year institutions with attendees earning $89,200.

“Students enroll at Bergen Community College to advance their education, expand their knowledge and participate in high-level discourse. They come to Bergen because they know they will have an opportunity to learn,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “But they also come to Bergen to earn. Increasingly, students understand the value proposition of a college degree and the improved lifetime earnings outlook that one provides. It’s satisfying to know that the College has prepared students for success in both areas, as evidenced by these rankings.”

The data, taken from the tax returns of students who received federal financial aid while enrolled, places Bergen’s average annual cost at $6,909. The average cost of the four-year colleges ranked ahead of Bergen with students earning up to $43,400 is $20,837.

The value of a community college education finds further support from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, which shows that individuals with an associate’s degree compile an additional $400,000 in lifetime earnings over those with only a high school diploma.

In the “2016-17 College Salary Report” by PayScale, Bergen graduates ranked No. 11 in the U.S. for mid-career salaries among community college alumni. That research indicated students from Bergen’s health professions and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs – all fields with strong earning potential – drove the College’s high ranking.

Value and affordability represent a focus area for the College, as research indicates approximately 50 percent of all community college students believe financial issues could cause them to leave their institution, according to the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

To create new pathways to education for New Jersey’s working class families, Bergen recently secured the state’s Community College Opportunity Grant, which will provide a tuition-free college experience for students with household incomes of less than $45,000. State officials selected Bergen as one of 13 community colleges awarded $20 million for the spring 2019 pilot program. As a “last dollar” initiative, the program will cover all remaining tuition and fees for students taking six or more credits after any other federal or state grants are applied to their tuition bills.

The state’s largest community college, Bergen offers programs in fields such as aviation, business administration, culinary arts, fashion design and nursing. Alumni have transferred to institutions such as Yale, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley. The College maintains campus locations in Paramus (main), Hackensack (Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center) and Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands) while also offering online classes. Its main campus features facilities such as the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, the Emil Buehler Trust Observatory and Stryker Manufacturing Lab, which provide students with hands-on, practice-based learning opportunities. Day and evening classes take place throughout the week – including a “weekend college” program.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Project Literacy Applauds College for Contributions

Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D.

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County recognized Bergen Community College and its commitment to improving lives through education at the nonprofit’s annual gala, “A New Bridge to Literacy” Oct. 12 at the Stony Hill Inn. Bergen County Freeholder Joan Voss, Ed.D., presented Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., with the award. During his remarks, President Redmond reflected on the opportunities education provides.

“Project Literacy helps people in Bergen County get a start with making words their friends, and then Bergen Community College helps them leverage this friendship into a college education,” he said at the group’s annual fundraiser. “This is a great partnership, and I’m so glad that we can do this together.”

Project Literacy also honored New Bridge Medical Center CEO Deborah Visconi at the Oct. 12 gala.

The College and Project Literacy have maintained a relationship since former Bergen dean Walter Hecht co-founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit 31 years ago. The group’s headquarters are located in the College’s Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center at 355 Main Street. Project Literacy supports and promotes the expansion of adult literacy in Bergen County, providing assistance to adults who cannot read, write or speak English or require tutoring. Volunteers have assisted more than 8,700 students during the last 31 years.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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