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E.M.P.O.W.E.R. Program Celebrates a Decade of Success with Reunion

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New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill (L) speaks with Middlesex County College President Mark McCormick at E.M.P.O.W.E.R.'s 10th anniversary celebration Thursday evening

Middlesex County College's E.M.P.O.W.E.R. program celebrated 10 years of success at a special reunion ceremony, held Thursday evening at the college campus. Created in 2009 by Evelyn Rosa, Director of MCC's New Brunswick Center, the program's original objective was to help young people from the city better understand how to prepare for college admission during the early high school years. Currently E.M.P.O.W.E.R. includes college-bound students from neighboring high schools as well. New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill provided some words of encouragement to those in attendance, and other invited speakers delivered testimonials and shared original poetry. There are almost 100 current college students who have taken part in the E.M.P.O.W.E.R. program.