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College for Teens Program at Union County College


This summer the Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is offering the 2017 College for Teens program sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The program is offered for two sessions. Each session will be held for two weeks and will meet from Monday through Thursday. During the session students have the chance to explore and research careers in criminal justice, healthcare or supply chain management, while experiencing life on a college campus. Students will learn about relevant career opportunities from prominent guest speakers. The morning session will be held from July 10 to 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The afternoon session will be held from July 17 to 27, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To apply for the College for Teens program, students must be enrolled in a Union County high school by September 2017 and possess a grade point average of C or better. In addition to the application, students will need to submit a copy of their recent report card along with a recommendation letter from a teacher or guidance counselor.  The completed application package can be faxed to (908) 709-7070, emailed to youthprograms@ucc.edu or delivered to the Office of Continuing Education at 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford.  The application deadline for the College for Teens program is Friday, May 26, 2017.

For additional information about the College for Teens Program and the application form, visit http://www.ucc.edu/nonCredit/ForDown.aspx or call (908) 709-7600.

Chewy Massena Named 1st Team All-American and Selected for the NJCAA Coaches Association All-Star Game


On April 29, Chinua “Chewy” Massena, will proudly be representing Union County College and Region XIX at the NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association 2017 All-Star Men's Basketball Game.

The Coaches Association has chosen Chewy as one of the top NJCAA basketball sophomores in the nation. This is a tremendous honor to be hand selected as one of the 24 athletes to participate in this high profile game. The two All-Star teams consist of 12 Division I athletes verses 12 Division II and III athletes.

The 2016-17 Basketball season was a tremendous year for Chewy. He led the nation with 28 points per game and 3 pointers made with a percentage of 55.7. Due to his outstanding shooting ability, Chewy's field goal percentage is at 61% and a high 82.3% from the free throw line. His statistics also consist of 4.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Chewy's outstanding performance led him to be awarded to the NJCAA 1st Team All-American Division III. He has also been named Region XIX Division III Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Region XIX and 1st Team All-Garden State Athletic Conference.

Tip off for the NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association 2017 All-Star Men's Basketball Game will be at 4:30 p.m. (PDT) on April 29 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Follow all Union County College Athletics at www.UnionOwls.com and at @unionowls on all social media #weareowlstrong
 

Steven Borthwick cores his 99th career goal


Steven Borthwick is a returning lacrosse player for the Owls and has just scored his 99 career goal against Ocean County College to break Union County College's All-Time Goals Scored. All-American CJ Francisco previously held the record with 98 goals

Steven Borthwick is a returning lacrosse player for the Owls and has just scored his 99 career goal against Ocean County College to break Union County College's All-Time Goals Scored.  All-American CJ Francisco previously held the record with 98 goals.  Steven is scheduled to score his 100th goal of his career during the upcoming Region XIX Tournament.  He is currently ranked 5th throughout NJCAA and leads Region XIX in Scoring with 63 points (31 goals 32 assists).  He is also ranked 6th in the nation for Assists with 32.

As a freshman Steven was a valuable member of the team by scored 68 goals and 3 assists.  He ended his freshman season ranked 2nd in the nation for Goals Scored.  Steven demonstrated his hard work and value to the team and was awarded by being named to the 1st Team All-Region XIX.  He has validated his growth as a player from being a primary scorer last season to currently holding 32 assists and 31 goals this year.

Steven is a Liberal Studies major and will be graduating this May with his Associates Degree and transferring to a NCAA four year school to continue to play lacrosse and earn his Bachelor's degree.
 

Can You Escape? Test Your Skills at Union County College’s Escape Room Events


During March, Union County College will be hosting multiple Escape Room events to provide a fun night out for family and friends and a chance to solve exciting puzzles together and to “unlock” the room and escape. Each round is 15 minutes long and a team of up to six people can participate. All funds raised during these events will be used toward scholarships for Union students. The scholarships are issued through the Union County College Foundation.

The following events will all be held in Rooms H108 and H110, in the Humanities Building, at the College’s Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. Each team can have up to six people but a team of six is not required to participate.

Team Phi Theta Kappa will host The Unlockable Adventure on March 17 and 18 from 7-10 p.m. and on March 19 from 2-6 p.m. Team American Honors will host Mystery Madness on March 24 and 25 from 7-10 p.m. and on March 26 from 2-6 p.m. Team Criminal Justice will host Crime and Punishment on March 31 and April 1 from 7-10 p.m. and on April 2 from 2-6 p.m.

The admission fee to participate is $5 with student ID, for seniors, and for veterans. The fee for adults is $10. All tickets can be purchased at the door. For questions, please contact beth.ritter-guth@ucc.edu.
 

Complete the Facility Management Credential Program at Union County College


Union County College will be offering a Facility Management Professional (FMP®) 
Credential Program by the International Facility Management Association beginning this month.
 
If you are an early to mid-career facility management practitioner, currently transitioning into the profession, or are practitioner in a related industry such as an architect, designer or safety engineer, this program will help you improve your knowledge, enhance your skills, and gain immediate credibility with employers, clients, and peers.
 
The topics covered in this 15 week, 60 hour course include Operations and Maintenance, Project Management, Finance and Business, and Leadership and Strategy. The course will be offered on Tuesday evenings from March 7 to June 27 and will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the College’s Cranford campus. The cost of the course is $2,395 which includes all course materials and online assessments. To earn the FMP® credential, students must pass each of the four FMP® final assessments with a score of 75% or higher. Each student must also submit an FMP application and pay an application fee (information at (www.ifma.org) to IFMA to validate your credential.
 
For additional information on this course and all Continuing Education offerings, please view the Spring 2017 Continuing Education catalog at www.ucc.edu/noncredit. To enroll online, go to http://ucc.edu/nonCredit/RegInf.aspx. One can also enroll by calling the Office of Continuing Education at (908) 709-7602 or by visiting the office on the Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue.
 

Union County College Hires New Dean


Dr. Bernard A. Polnariev joins Union County College’s administration as the new Dean of Curriculum, Accreditation, and American Honors. Dr. Polnariev brings more than 18 years of experience in higher education to Union, having previously served as an academic administrator, researcher, and an adjunct instructor.
 
As the Dean of Curriculum, Accreditation, and American Honors, Dr. Polnariev will be responsible for coordinating articulation agreements with other institutions and coordinating educational initiatives and events. He will oversee the development of new courses and the production of the College’s academic catalog. As the Dean of American Honors, he will oversee all aspects of the program, from curriculum development to enrollment. He will ensure that a student-centered approach is taken towards all academic initiatives.
 
Prior to his arrival at Union, Dr. Polnariev served at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY, for almost five years as the Administrative Executive Officer for Academic Affairs. In this position, he coordinated and guided more than two dozen discipline-based faculty teams from nine departments to improve majors. He partnered with division liaisons to develop, manage, and present outcomes-focused strategic plans, goals, activities, and budgets. He served as the divisional liaison for all electronic student communications and he assisted faculty program directors from eight departments to overhaul their new Academic Affairs website.
 

Union County College President McMenamin Elected Vice Chair of Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Union County College President, Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin, was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and began her term in January 2017.  She has been serving as a commissioner with MSCHE since 2014.  As Vice Chair she will provide policy leadership to the organization’s Executive Committee. 

As a commissioner, Dr. McMenamin participates on a 27-member board that oversees accreditation and pre-accreditation activities for colleges and universities in New Jersey, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other territories. Dr. McMenamin’s experience with MSCHE includes her having served as a site visitor and a team chair. 

MSCHE elects commissioners from among its 526 member institutions. As an elected commissioner, Dr. McMenamin attends commission meetings and serves on task forces and committees.  MSCHE is one of several regional accrediting commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Prepare to Work in Real Estate Sales at Union County College Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Union County College will be offering a course to prepare individuals to take the New Jersey sales/licensing exam to become a licensed real estate agent in New Jersey.

This 75-hour course meets the Real Estate Commission requirements for the N.J. Sales Licensing Exam. Topics include property interests, mortgages, deeds, title closing, liens, real estate law and ethics, agency relationships, and real estate calculations. The class will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from January 30 to April 26. It will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the College’s Scotch Plains campus. The cost of the course, with the textbook, is $495.

For information on all courses, please view the Spring 2017 Continuing Education catalog which can be found online at
www.ucc.edu/noncredit. To enroll online, go to http://ucc.edu/nonCredit/RegInf.aspx. One can also enroll by calling the Office of Continuing Education at (908) 709-7600 or by visiting the office at the College’s Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue.
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