Education

Mother and Son Graduate from Union County College Together

c5504e2c8111f45ed0f0_roberto_and_ana_amaya.jpg
Union County College May 2018 Graduates Roberto and Ana Amaya
c5504e2c8111f45ed0f0_roberto_and_ana_amaya.jpg

CRANFORD - For Ana Amaya and her son, Roberto, May 23, 2018 marked the completion of a dream when they both crossed the stage at Union County College’s Commencement, and receive their Associate Degree. They both describe their time at UCC as “a great experience” and are particularly thankful to have served as academic tutors in the College’s Academic Learning Center (ALC).

Ana began taking classes at UCC to learn English and advance in her career when Roberto was a young child. In just three years, as a part-time student, she completed the College’s ESL (English as a second language) program and began taking classes towards a business degree. When she finished the ESL program in 2006, she was hired as a part-time tutor in ESL by the ALC. In the fall, Ana will transfer to Kean University where she will pursue her bachelor’s degree in accounting. While at Kean, she will continue working at UCC as a part-time supervisor for the ALC.

Working as a tutor has been a wonderful experience for Ana. She enjoys sharing her academic knowledge with students and reminds them not to give up on fulfilling their dream of earning a college degree. In particular, she relates to the older students that visit the ALC for assistance and reminds them that if she can do it, they can too. Ana is very thankful for her ALC supervisor and the many mentors she has had in her time at the college. All of them encouraged her to continue with her studies and to complete her degree. She was never told that she was too old to achieve her dream. Instead, she found support throughout the college, and sends a special thanks to Associate Professor of Math Amy Boyd, who was always there for her when she needed advice. Ana is thankful for the new doors that were opened for her as a UCC student.

Sign Up for E-News

In 2016, after years of observing his mother’s success and happiness at UCC, Roberto followed in her footsteps and enrolled as an engineering major. He also wanted to work in the ALC and was hired to tutor math courses, including calculus courses and a few in engineering. For Roberto, his time working in the ALC helped him to improve his social and communication skills, taught him how to conduct himself professionally, and how to be a good employee.

In addition to working as a tutor in the ALC, Roberto was a member of the Engineering Club and Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two year college. Both Roberto and Ana contribute their success in the ALC and in their college experience to the guidance and leadership of the Assistant Director of the ALC Jose Paez-Figueroa. They both appreciate the time he gave them to help improve their lives and the encouragement he provided to persevere during difficult terms.

Ana and Roberto will tell anyone who will listen about how great the College is, the friends you can make, the degree you can earn and transfer, and paid work opportunities available to students, like working in the ALC. But more importantly for them, Union is the place where they transformed their lives, and you can too.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

Chlorine Drum Rupture Shuts Down Nomahegan Swim Club in Westfield

July 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A ruptured chlorine drum has forced closure of Nomahegan Swim Club on Springfield Avenue Friday afternoon.

According to a Westfield police officer on the scene, a 1,000-gallon drum of chlorine ruptured.

In addition to the swim club being closed, some area streets around the swim club near the border of Mountainside and Springfield were cordoned off. According ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

Union County Hosts Events and Programs for Special Needs Residents

July 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce a series of programs and events throughout the summer and fall for residents with special needs and their families, coordinated through the new Office for People with Special Needs in collaboration with community partners.

“Union County is committed to providing every resident with more opportunities to enjoy activities ...

Westfield Area YMCA: Take Swim Lessions This Summer

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing a free one-week guest pass to non-members which will also enable access to purchase a week of swim lessons at full member rates during the summer.  The one-week guest pass includes use of the Y’s fitness facilities, land and water group exercise classes and open gym/swim.

“Our goal is to have people of all ages and skill levels grow to ...

More Traffic, No Solution – Letter to Governor Phil Murphy

July 17, 2018

Dear Governor Phil Murphy,

From the mid-1970’s, when I was age 12, I’ve had this vivid memory of watching my parents participate in a peaceful demonstration against the construction of a 12-story hotel complex just behind our backyard. In fact, on Wednesday, September 29, 1976, the local newspaper ran an article with a photo showing my mother and her protest placard. The memory of ...