NJEA, NJCCC honor community college scholars

Published on Friday, May 3, 2013

 Gabrielle Ciarlante and Chris Berzinski
NJEA UniServ Field Representative for Higher Education Christopher Berzinski congratulates Gabrielle Ciarlante for her accomplishments. Ciarlante is a member of the 2013 N.J. All-State Academic Team and an education major from Burlington County College.
NJEA joined the New Jersey Council of County Colleges to honor New Jersey’s 35 best and brightest community college students and their families at the 19th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 2, at the Trenton Marriott Hotel.

“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, the Coca-Cola Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges.”

Mercer County College honor student Anderson Monken delivered one of the keynote addresses. Monken was named a 2013 Coca-Cola Foundation New Century Scholar. “Community colleges represent a way out, a way in, and a path to the future,” he noted. He explained that community colleges offer those faced with unemployment or other challenges a way out to a better life. For him, Mercer County College represented a way in to a world of opportunities and new experiences.

NJEA UniServ Field Representative for Higher Education Christopher Berzinski congratulated the students, their families, and teachers on their successes. “NJEA is proud to be part of this event where we can celebrate the successes of these talented students.”

NJEA represents about 4,000 professors and educational support professionals working in New Jersey’s community colleges.

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