December 13, 2017 Share

Advancing Opportunities Announces Career Development Program for MCCC Students with Disabilities

Funding provided by the Investors Foundation and the Roma Bank Community Foundation will provide a unique opportunity for STEM students at Mercer County Community College

Advancing Opportunities, Inc. announced today a new program that will provide support to students with disabilities attending Mercer County Community College who are interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, or math. Selected students with STEM-related majors will receive enhanced services to help them pursue their career goals. Fundin

g for the program is provided, in part, by the Investors Bank Foundation and the Roma Bank Community Foundation.

Beginning in January 2018, students with disabilities who are identified for the program will be provided with individualized support to help them explore internship and/or career opportunities. Advancing Opportunities, a leader in disability services, will provide professional coaches who will work one-on-one with students to help them build self-advocacy skills, connect with employers, develop their resume, and practice interviewing skills. Each student will also receive an assistive technology consultation to identify tools that can increase independence and success in the workplace. 

Plans for the program were initially developed between Advancing Opportunities and Mercer County Community College earlier this year, but a funder was needed to launch the program. The Investors Bank Foundation and the Roma Bank Community Foundation committed to providing two years of funding needed to launch the program and sustain it in its infancy.

“Ensuring all students have the support they need to achieve their career goals is a key component of our mission,” said Advancing Opportunities CEO Jack Mudge. “With the help of our professional career coaches and our assistive technology team, we are confident students with disabilities at MCCC can thrive in STEM fields. We look forward to seeing what they achieve.”

“Mercer County Community College is pleased to partner with Advancing Opportunities in providing additional support for our students with disabilities to achieve their dreams in STEM careers. We cannot do so without the financial support from the Investors Bank and the Roma Bank. We are very grateful for their investment in the future of our students, our county, and our economy. This partnership is another example how together we can make a difference,” said College President Dr. Jianping Wang.

Students with disabilities in STEM-related fields of study who are interested in participating in the career development program should contact the Mercer County Community College Center for Inclusion, Transition and Accessibility to receive an application. 

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About Advancing Opportunities

Established in 1950, Advancing Opportunities is a leading provider of disability services in the State of New Jersey, serving over 1000 individuals with disabilities and their families each year. The agency’s scope of services includes residential services, advocacy, college and career counseling, employment services, community and individual supports, family supports, and the Assistive Technology Center. The mission of Advancing Opportunities is to achieve full societal participation for all people with disabilities.  For more information about the agency visit www.advopps.org.

About Investors Bank

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $23 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors’ banking services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.