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Division of Student Development

Helen Castellanos Brewer is the Vice President of Student Development. She leads staff that is responsible for designing, maintaining, and improving the quality of the professional support services for the College’s 12,000 students.

In alignment with the College’s mission and philosophy, Mrs. Brewer oversees a team of leaders who work to ensure that their efforts create an environment of student success, one that is focused on educational excellence and the achievement of equity for all populations served. Under her leadership are the departments of Advising, Career and Transfer Services, College Life, the Educational Opportunity Fund, Financial Aid, Recruitment and the Dean of Students’ Office.

The Advising, Career and Transfer Services Department consists of student development specialists who are trained to assist students in the following areas: academic advising and academic counseling, career services, disability accommodations, personal counseling including referral to external agencies for support, and transfer services. Academic counseling consists of academic advising and establishing a career planning process. Services such as academic planning, how to choose a major, degree audit, new student orientation, specialized athletic advising and specialized career and technical training advising are available to students. Students can also receive assistance with career and employment counseling through career and employment workshops, career fairs, and leadership and service opportunities. 

The College Life Department comprises the College’s athletic teams and student activities. Union County College is a member of the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and Region XIX of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The College offers men’s and women’s basketball, co-ed golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s baseball, cheerleading, women’s softball, men’s lacrosse, and women’s volleyball. Women’s basketball is a Division II sport and offers athletic scholarship.
The Student Activities area is committed to providing social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities to the College’s students. The Student Government Association, in conjunction with the Dean of College Life, work collaboratively to offer such programming at the College’s Cranford, Elizabeth, and Plainfield campuses. Leadership opportunities are available to students in the capacity of officer positions in the many clubs and organizations on campus.

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is for students who meet certain financial aid and academic eligibility guidelines. Support services are provided to the students in the program, such as a freshmen orientation program, counseling, tutoring services, study skills training, and financial aid through combined federal and state funding. The program focuses on assisting each student with achieving high academic success.
The Financial Aid Department assists students with securing financial aid. The process begins with each student filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the financial aid staff is available to assist students with completing the FAFSA. They can answer the questions about obtaining scholarships, grants, and loans to help pay for college. The department also assists with the distribution of the annual institutional endowed scholarships, which are granted through the Union County College Foundation.

The Recruitment and Enrollment Department informs the community about the quality programming and educational offerings at the College. The staff assists prospective students with the enrollment process and connecting them with appropriate resources.

The Dean of Students’ office is responsible for educating students on standards of conduct and behavioral expectations in an academic environment. The Dean adjudicates incidents involving violations of the Student Code of Conduct and resolves student conflicts.
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