ECC will host UNCF HBCU Tour April 30th

25 04 2011

The Communications Program will host a video booth and offer tours of the 2.6 million dollar MPT facility at the College for prospective students interested in the program.  For more info on the program, go to

Newark One of Five Major Cities and ECC One of Two Community College Nationally to Host United Negro College Fund Empower Me Tour

Published: April 7th, 2011 – 2:29 PM
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The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has selected Essex County College in Newark as one of its five city-tour stops along its popular Empower Me Tour.  The event is expected to bring up to 1,500 youth and their families to the College’s Newark campus on Saturday, April 30.  The UNCF Empower Me Tour was created to initiate a movement among young people to motivate them to academic excellence and personal responsibility. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are so excited to have been selected the only community college nation-wide to host this prestigious event,” said ECC President Edythe Abdullah.  “As a direct result of being named a participating institution, Essex County College will be designated a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), which means our students will have access to scholarships available through the UNCF.”

“Our goals include helping to prepare students in what they need to do in order to finish their pre-college education and continue on to college,” said UNCF’s Fred Mitchell, UNCF’s Regional Development Director for the Northern Field Operations.  “The full experience of the day is to impress upon the students that ‘I can be what I want and here is what I need to do’ to reach that goal,” he said.

An array of celebrities will meet and engage in meaningful dialogue with attendees.  Confirmed special guests include actress Tatyana Ali who appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, comedienne Kim Coles, Kita Williams and Monique Jackson of VH1’s The T.O. Show, and Chef Darrell “Das” Smith.  The celebrities will serve at first on special separate panels for males and females, before coming together for the final topic of Keeping It Real.

As a resident of East Orange in Essex County, Mitchell also sees this particular tour stop as helping the local neighborhoods as well. “When we decided to have a stop in New Jersey, Newark was regarded as the best place for it. The city is undergoing a renaissance and this is the kind of activity that will help make Newark shine even brighter. Plus, Essex County College has the history and traditional to serve as a good tie-in to the program.”

The day’s schedule includes dynamic workshops on preparing for, getting into, and paying for college; social-readiness panels; career-readiness workshops; and much more.  The event, now in its third year, is geared primarily toward students in seventh grade through high school and also for those in their first two years of college.

Interested participants should register for the program by going and following to Newark link.  This will be the only stop in New Jersey for the tour as part of its 2010-2011 five-city tour.  Other cities include Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

About UNCF
UNCF–the United Negro College Fund–is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 39 private member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more




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