PARSIPPANY, NJ -  More than 200 relatives and friendswatched as the 49 young adults graduated from NewBridge Jobs Plus. Graduate Roberto Cuevas of Morristown listened as keynote seaker James Bryant, supervisor of youth workforce programs at Morris/Sussex/Warren Employment and Training Services, one of the funders of NewBridge Jobs Plus said, You’ve shown that you are in control. The only thing left to do is rise up!” 

And rise up they have. Cuevas left Morristown High School in February after his single mother became ill and was unable to work. Cuevas worked two jobs, one full-time, to help support his mother, three brothers and a sister. Through NewBridge Jobs Plus, he earned his diploma and will enroll at County College of Morris for the fall semester. He plans to transfer to a four-year college after he gets his associates degree to study biotechnology.

“If it weren’t for NewBridge, I would be stuck on repeat,” said the 19-year-old, who was awarded the $1,000 Wyndham Worldwide Scholarship. “I’d keep working jobs just to pay for what we need in the house. I wouldn’t have a plan.”

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NewBridge Jobs Plus is the longest-running alternative education program in Morris County and has helped well over 1,000 young adults earn their high school diplomas and prepare for college, trade schools and careers since 1983. The program, located at the NewBridge Parsippany Center, is free to young adults living in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, and transportation is provided to Morris County residents.

This year’s graduates hail from: Budd Lake, Cedar Knolls, Dover, Hackettstown, Hopatcong, Kinnelon, Lake Hiawatha, Lake Hopatcong, Landing, Ledgewood, Morristown, Netcong, NewFoundland, Oak Ridge, Parsippany, Pinebrook, Randolph, Rockaway, Roxbury, Succasunna and Wharton.

 

“When traditional high school failed them, these young men and women didn’t give up on themselves. They persevered and succeeded, and we are confident they have the grit and optimism to pursue their dreams,” NewBridge CEO Robert L. Parker said.