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Cranford Construction: Student Services Building.

Beginning on August 11, 2014, and until early 2016, construction of a new Student Services Building will take place on the Cranford Campus. The new building will become the Center for all student services, including admissions and registration, advisement, financial aid, and student accounts.

While the construction is taking place, we want to keep you safe. Please avoid any area that is off limits. Please use only the designated entrances.

Below is a map of the buildings surrounding the construction. Please use only the entrances marked in green.
Walking the extra distance to a designated entrance is the best way to keep safe.
Thank you for your patience throughout this construction.

Freeholder Granados Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month Events at Union County College

CRANFORD – Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder Sergio Granados joined Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin at the kick-off celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month. In front of a diverse crowd of students, Freeholder Granados commended President McMenamin for the work being done at the College to help first-generation students receive their education. He spoke of the importance of a collegiate education in today’s world. He encouraged the students to take advantage of all opportunities presented to them while at Union.

Following Freeholder Granados’ rousing speech, the audience was entertained by cultural dances presented by the troupe, “Cultural Explosion.” A series of eight dances were presented, all from Hispanic and Latino countries. A brief history was provided on the origin of each dance. The final dance was the salsa, which was followed by free salsa lessons for those interested.  

The month long celebration continues each Tuesday with traditional music and food from various regions. Union’s students will be able to experience the different cultures for an hour each week at each of the College’s three campuses in Cranford, Elizabeth, and Plainfield.

On Mon., Sept. 22, Union’s students who are part of the STEM programming will attend a Professionals Panel and learn about careers in the STEM field. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an important initiative in President Obama’s 2020 College Completion Goal.

On Wed., Sept. 24, two events will be held at the College’s Elizabeth campus in the Kellogg Building. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn about the history of challenges facing immigrants when they arrived in the United States. Union’s students will also have the opportunity to meet renowned author Guillermo Fesser, when he speaks about his book, “One Hundred Miles to Manhattan.” His presentation will be followed by a book signing event, providing Union students with the opportunity to speak individually with Mr. Fesser. The book signing is sponsored by Santander Bank.

The following day, students who are interested in working for NASA will have the opportunity to attend the workshop, “Careers at NASA.” NASA engineer Javier Ocasio-Perez will address students in the STEM program about the opportunities that await them in their future. This presentation will be held at the College’s Cranford campus.

On Mon., Sept. 29, “Tres Vidas” will be presented in the Lessner Theater at the College’s Elizabeth campus at 40 West Jersey Street. “Tres Vidas” is a musical theater program based on the lives of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadorian activist Rufina Amaya, and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni.

The Men’s Soccer team will be playing Brookdale Community College on Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in Berkeley Heights at Snyder Field. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, all attendees are encouraged to wear the jersey of their favorite World Cup team.

A Health Professions Career Panel will be held at the Plainfield campus on Oct. 8 for those students who are interested in learning more about the types of careers in the health field.

The finale of the month of celebrations will be held on Oct. 15, 2014, at the College’s Elizabeth Campus in the Kellogg Building. Cultural Explosion will present “Passporte Latino.” Students will have the opportunity to learn about the origins of dance and music from different Caribbean and Latin American countries.

Union County College is one of six community colleges in New Jersey that has been identified as a Hispanic Serving Institution because more than 25% of its student population are Hispanic. To celebrate their heritage, the College has hosted events during Hispanic Heritage Month for the past few years. For more details on the events listed above, please click here.

Union's Women's Volleyball Team Defeats Brookdale

On Sat., Sept. 6, 2014, Union County College’s Women’s Volleyball team defeated Brookdale Community College, winning three games to two. The Lady Owls, with two returning players from last year’s conference winning team, were determined to start the season with a win. Union won the first match, in which second year setter Kianna Burrell, of Elizabeth, served ten winning points of which were two aces and she had 15 assists. Shannon Santiago, of Roselle, second year outside hitter, struck for Union with 16 kills. Aniyah Evans, of Rahway, a returning middle blocker, had seven kills. Union won the first game with a score of 25/15, the fourth game 25/22, and the final game 15/3.
Notable statistics from the day, include Andreia Couto, of Union, who scored five points for the Lady Owls with her serving and passing during the second game. Ms. Evans earned Union another four points with her blocking skills. During the third game, six points were earned by Shannon Santiago’s one serve.
In addition, new team member Kiyanna McMorris, of Rahway, had five blocks, and Brianna Flemming, of Roselle, earned 13 service points and had four kills.
The Lady Owls will play Passaic County Community College at home on Wed., Sept. 10, 2014, at 7 p.m. The game will be held in the Gym at the College’s Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For more information on the volleyball team, and other athletic events at Union County College, please click here.

Student Park Only in Bollwage Garage in Elizabeth

Beginning this Fall Semester, the Bollwage Garage on West Jersey Street is the only parking facility for students in credit classes at the Elizabeth Campus.

(The Garage on Grand Street is no longer available. If you park there, attendants at Grand Street may make you pay money out-of-pocket when you exit.)
For Complete Information Click Here  

$3.2 Million Title V Grant Awarded to Union County College and Kean University

Cranford, NJ, Aug. 25, 2014—College students at Union County College and Kean University will receive a big boost, thanks to a just-announced five-year, $3.2 million federal Title V grant.
The award enables Union County College to partner with Kean University to develop a multi-faceted program focusing on increasing the success rates of students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines.

Title V funds are allocated through US Department of Education to strengthen institutions that serve a high proportion of Hispanic and low-income students. The grant funds institutional capacity to benefit all students, but especially colleges like Union, which has a long record of achievement as a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

One of the key goals of this Cooperative Grant with Kean will be to develop a pathway from the associate degree at Union to a bachelor’s degree at Kean for Title V students in STEM disciplines. 

Union’s President Margaret McMenamin says the program is in line with federal educational priorities. “President Obama is calling for a diverse 21st-century, STEM-trained workforce. To that end, our partnership with Kean University will develop a strong model of transfer and articulation to promote the success of Title V students in STEM education. Once these students earn an associate degree at Union and a bachelor’s degree at Kean, they will enter the workforce in a STEM-related career or as a teacher of STEM disciplines.”

The project has multiple components. One objective is to improve student retention, graduation, and transfer rates. To accomplish this goal, Kean and Union will create a joint-admissions agreement involving these Title V students.
“With Union County College’s designation as an HSI and Kean University’s selection as one of the top 5 most diverse colleges in the country, Kean and Union County College are natural partners for this Title V grant,” said Dr. Dawood Farahi, Kean University President. “Both colleges have a long history of serving our region’s diverse student population and providing our students with access and opportunity.”

One of the more innovative features of the project that Kean will provide is a ‘Possibility Zone’ which will afford Title V students with faculty mentors for STEM research activities. The project’s other major focus is on improving the way faculty teach STEM disciplines. Union’s Chief Academic Officer Maris Lown explains that the project funds “professional development that advances innovative pedagogy. This includes providing dedicated learning laboratories and equipment to offer students hands-on inquiry-based discovery in learning.”

Grant funding will continue through 2019. Dr. Farahi and Dr. McMenamin credit federal legislators (Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressmen Albio Sires and Leonard Lance), State legislators (Senator Raymond Lesniak, Assemblyman Jerry Green), and the Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak for supporting this grant.

“Our elected officials understand and appreciate the value of education in turning around the lives of the County students who are most at risk due to financial hardships,” said President McMenamin. “Title V is a pathway to a better life for hundreds of Union County College students each year.”


Union County College offering Successful Business Training Courses

Union County College is offering the following business training courses.

The essential ingredient to a successful business is a customer-focused attitude. IBI’s 12-hour customer service training program teaches the principles of effective internal and external customer service and builds skills in listening, probing and questioning, dealing with difficult customers, resolving conflict and diffusing tempers.

The class can be brought to the company's premises, on their schedule, for classes of ten or more employees at no charge if a business or non-profit enterprise (non-government). The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOLWD) funds this program through the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA).
 IBI find ways to make these services available to small and intermediate sized businesses by working with chambers of commerce, industry associations and neighborhood business groups. Please call one of the numbers below to learn how your company can participate.

The grant also includes training courses in Written Communications, Verbal Communications, Spanish for the Workplace, English as a Second Language, Basic Math and Measurement and MS Office Suite applications (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, MS Windows). The Industry- Business Institute at Union County College is a training provider for the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development and has provided high quality employee and management training programs for the largest employers in Union County for decades.

The Industry-Business Institute is located at Union County College at 40 W. Jersey St., Elizabeth. Call 908-527-7207 or 908 -965-2359 for a consultation. IBI can also be contacted by email at ibi@ucc.edu. For more information go to ucc.edu/go/ibi.

Employees in transportation, logistics and distribution may attend an industry-specific training program, Introduction to Logistics, at Union County College, free of charge, through a grant from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

This is a 48-hour comprehensive learning experience. This program is valuable to anyone employed in industry that requires increased knowledge of worldwide logistics. Employees in customer service, purchasing, warehousing, logistics, transportation and other multi-functioning departments in manufacturing or distribution are welcome.
 The class will be held two evenings per week Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Kellogg Building at 40 W. Jersey St., Elizabeth, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Employers are encouraged to offer these classes to their employees as opportunities for professional development. Content includes world geography, industry-specific documentation such as airway bills, export forms and commercial invoices as well as MRP and TMS software.

Training in communication skills, customer service, team building and logistics vocabulary is also included. Seating is limited to 16. Registration is required.

Former students of the program said, “The topics were informative and relevant, with a lot of real life applications,” and “As we work in a support industry to a small section of the logistics chain, seeing the bigger picture is important. We now feel we are more knowledgeable business partners to our clients.”

While not specifically directed at preparation for certification, or for taking exams, this course covers some knowledge required for some standard industry examinations.

For more information and registration instructions, please visit the Union County College website at ucc.edu/go/ibi, call Nancy Burke at 908-527-7207 or email Burke@ucc.edu.

Freeholders Granados and Wright Congratulate Graduates of the College for Teens Program at Union County College. August 20, 2014

CRANFORD – This summer, the Office of Continuing Education at Union County College offered the 2014 College for Teens program, which was sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

On July 31, 2014, a completion ceremony was held at the College’s Cranford campus to celebrate the more than 70 students who participated in the program from July 21 to 31. Union County Freeholders Sergio Granados and Vernell Wright congratulated the students and assisted with awarding of their completion certificates.
Students who participated in the program were given the opportunity to explore and research careers in financial markets, criminal justice, or healthcare, all while experiencing life on a college campus. The students also learned about relevant career opportunities in these fields and participated in hands-on activities.
To be eligible to participate in the program, students had to be enrolled in a Union County school by September 2014 and have a grade point average of C or better. They also had to submit a recent grade report and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.

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