Students also heard from a panel of people with disabilities who have gained success in their careers or personal lives despite their challenges. “Being here today, listening to people at the college and career fair—we took a big step.” Keynote speaker Karen Gaffney, President of the Karen Gaffney Foundation and an advocate for full inclusion in families, schools, communities and the workplace for people with developmental disabilities, addressed and encouraged the students.
“When you are tempted to say, ‘No way, I’ll never make it. Then, call attention to what you have achieved.” The West Caldwell Campus of Essex County Vocational Tech, located at 620 Passaic Avenue, has been featured on the list of the top 81 public high schools in NJ in recent years, as noted by US News & World Report.
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County College is still searching for a permanent president more than six months after its trustee board terminated former leader Gale Gibson.
The college's next president will oversee the main Newark campus, West Essex campus in West Caldwell, the Public Safety Academy in Cedar Grove and multiple additional community centers, university administrators stated on Thursday.
According to NPC, the event was also intended to inspire the students to think about possible future careers for themselves.
“Disability Mentoring Day is an opportunity for students to interact with colleges, universities and potential employers who welcome and nurture people with different skills and talents,” said Caryn Parlavecchio, US Country Human Resources Head, NPC.
13 students, or 72.2% of the student population at Essex Campus Academy identify as African-American, making up the largest segment of the student body.