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“Patience and Perseverance”
The Essex County College ~ Next Step Program
By Anna D. Banks

Today, the EOF’s Next Step Program (NSP) celebrated Six (6) semesters of making a difference. NSP is a program targeting individuals who have a history of incarceration and/or substance abuse issues. The primary goal of NSP is to assist individuals with their transition from the New Jersey Department of Corrections and/or recovery back to a productive role in their communities. Successful completion of their academic coursework and/or job placement for the participants is a primary goal for the first year of this program. NSP officially began operations September 13, 2005 when all prospective participants from various community correctional facilities were invited to ECC’s EOF Department for a planning session.

In addition to a full academic course load, the Next Step Program offers life skills workshops, seminars, academic support and counseling on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The support of the EOF Program and the resources of the Learning Center, Cooperative Education Department, Career Resource Center, Counseling Center, Training, Inc and WISE Women’s Center are integrated into NSP to address reentry issues in a holistic fashion.

The halfway houses that are participating in the Next Step Program include Logan Hall, Tully House and Kintock Group, Integrity House, CURA and Harbor House in Hoboken.

The Next Step program received funding this year from the Nicholson Foundation.


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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

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ECC Career Fair – January 23, 2008

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Another Successful Career Fair for Employers and Candidates …
By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Representatives from approximately 60 area employers were on hand for the October 17, 2007 event. More than 750 students, alumni other job seekers shared the opportunity to distribute resumes and make employer contacts with businesses and organizations including Bank of America, Chase Bank, Centerplate for THE PRUDENTIAL CENTER in Newark, State of NJ Department of Personnel, Allied Barton Security Services and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

If you are an ex-offender in need of services, your One-Stop Career Center at Essex County College can help.

The One-Stop Career Center at Essex County College has trained staff available to assist you. They focus on a particular list of employers who have hired ex-offenders before, or have indicated that they are interested in doing so.

To find out more click the following link:
One-Stop Career Center at Essex County College Provides Help for Ex-Offenders

Looking for a job? Click the following link to view information found in The Job Connection.

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Welcome to ECC and Next Step Program

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Welcome to Job Search and Employ-ability Skills Training. My name is Anna D. Banks, GCDF and I will be your Job Search and Employ-ability Skills Trainer this during Fall 2007 semester.

I want to congratulate each of you for taking this outstanding first step toward living a life of which you can be proud.

We are going to use this blog for several things this semester. To name a few:

  1. Ongoing dialogue between you (students) and I
  2. Homework assignments
  3. Introduction to ‘instant’ online publishing to create and increase your “personal brand”
  4. Increasing our computer literacy skills.

By the way, did you notice that I wrote “our” computer literacy skills? Yes, I’m learning to use the new technology in education, training and career development. So we’ll be learning together.

Just a couple of rules for using this blog:

  1. You must check the blog at least once a week. However, I will post job openings and other valuable information regularly, so if you don’t want to miss something, check daily.
  2. Zero tolerance for profanity (i.e. No profanity will be used on this blog)
  3. Always be respectful of what you say and write to others
  4. To comment on a post, look for the comment link at the end of the post. A pop-up window will be displayed for your comment.
  5. You must use your name when commenting. Comments without a name will be deleted!

I look forward to working with each of you as you travel on your journey to achieve academic and career success.

On the Road Less Traveled,

Ms. Banks

3rd level, Green Area, Room 3190

Next Step Program – Fall 2007

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