PROSPECT PARK, NJ - The Borough of Prospect Park began a partnership with Passaic County Community College to offer outreach services in the community after an agreement between Mayor Mohamed Khairullah and Assistant Admissions Director Maritza Davila, who also serves as council president in the City of Paterson.  The purpose is to offer Prospect Park residents interested in higher education information as to what services PCCC offers with respect to admissions, financial aid, adult education, opportunity grants, and more.

The outreach program takes place each second Wednesday at the Municipal Building, 106 Brown Avenue, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Borough Administrator Intashan Chowdhury confirmed that the outreach services would still be available Wednesday, following Mayor Khairullah's announcement of the suspension of recreational activities amid coronavirus concerns yesterday.

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"Passaic County Community College values schools and community organizations such as the Borough of Prospect Park and the important role they play in helping families understand all that community college has to offer," Davila said.  "Through conducting outreach services, our aim is to develop lasting partnerships with communities and help assist prospective students and families explore all the wide variety of programs, opportunities, and resources PCCC offers, like no other throughout Passaic County and beyond."

"As an educator," Khairullah said, "I know there is tremendous value in going to a county community college.  Representatives from PCCC will be here to talk to you about whatever questions you might have, any information you might need, if you want to register for school, they’re here to answer you... There’s no better value than getting your higher education if you want to improve your quality of life, level of income, and the quality of your family life."  Khairullah is part of the staff at Passaic County Technical Institute.

"I want to thank you, your BA, and everyone in Prospect Park for allowing me to have the opportunity to talk to you once a month in the town hall," Davila said.  "I’m going to be bringing lots of great information to you.  It isn’t just about wanting to get a higher education, it’s about your kids as well.  It’s about free tuition, financial aid, a lot of things.  Come on down every second Wednesday."

Davila said that the outreach services would be available through December of this year.

"I’m looking forward to this partnership," she said.  "I commend you, Mayor.  We’ve been trying to get this done with other municipalities and I’m looking forward, after you have started this, to doing this with other municipalities."

Khairullah said he hoped that it would inspire others and expressed his thanks.  "We welcome you here and look forward to partnering with you and PCCC for a better future for our community."

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