Other NJ News

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

Elizabeth

Exchange Place and WTC PATH Stations to Close For Weekend Track Maintenance

July 5, 2018

JERSEY CITY, NJ - At least they waited until after the Fourth of July fireworks were over before starting. Important information for rail commuters.

PATH stations at Exchange Place and the World Trade Center (WTC) will close at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, July 6, and remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, July 9, to allow crews to transition to a new signal ...

Roselle Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Animal Cruelty After Search Finds Over 40 Dogs Living in Squalor

July 11, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - Charges have been filed on the Roselle man found with more than 40 dogs living in severely unsanitary and inhumane living conditions in his home last month said acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

Authorities say, Evelio J. Calderon, 40, is charged with than 30 criminal offenses that include two 3rd-degree animal cruelty offenses, 14 counts of 4th-degree animal ...

Presbyterian Church Steeple, a Roxbury Landmark, Gets Overdue Attention

July 11, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - The long-sought restoration of the iconic, but decaying steeple atop the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna is underway.

Using a massive hydraulic boom lift, workers from Main Street Custom Homes and Remodeling of Succasunna, got a close-up look today at the 165-year-old structure. The company, headquartered a few doors away, is volunteering the project management ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Union County Students Invited to Experience a Unique Silent Party

July 13, 2018

Students ages 12 to 16 are invited to “Youth Chella,” a silent party scheduled for Friday, August 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Union County’s Watchung Reservation at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

Admission and refreshments are free with the donation of a snack item. The donations will be provided to students ...