New Community Corporation has steadfastly remained true to its mission of improving the quality of life for inner city residents since 1968. Take time to learn more about some of the people whose lives have been positively impacted by New Community:

CMA Student Juggles Full-Time Job And Classes

Having a full-time job while going to school is never easy, but it becomes even more of a challenge when you’re working nights and attending classes during the day. That’s what Samaya Hutchinson is doing to complete the Certified Medical Assistant program at New Community Workforce Development Center. Hutchinson works as a certified home health aide at Brighton Gardens, Sunrise Senior Living in West Orange from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She also works Saturday afternoons and sometimes Sunday. She attends class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week. Getting very little sleep hasn’t deterred the 21-year-old. “It’s hard but I push myself because I want more for myself,” she said. “I want

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Workforce Graduate Uses Certification To Land Job In Texas

New Community Workforce Development Center offers programs that can lead to gainful employment locally and throughout the country. Just ask Mizani Drummond. She completed the patient care technician program and is now happily employed in San Antonio, Texas, all at the age of 22. Drummond was born and raised in Newark and attended West Side High School. She saw a sign posted at the high school about the various programs offered at the Workforce Development Center and upon graduation enrolled in the home health aide program that was offered. She then returned to complete the patient care technician (PCT) program. Her interaction with a family member pushed her toward health care. “I used to take care of my great grandmother

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From NCC Volunteer To Full-Time Employee

Newark resident Anne Moran has moved up within New Community Corporation, going from a volunteer referred through the Community Work Experience Program (CWEP) to a part-time worker to a full-time employee. Moran became a care coordinator at New Community Associates, 180 South Orange Ave., Newark, June 1. In that position she conducts home visits of residents to check on them and ensure their apartments are well kept, updates residents’ medication changes, files weekly and monthly reports and assists with creating the building calendar. She filled a void at Associates that had been left since March 1, 2017, when longtime resident Elnora Haynes died. She had helped Care Coordinator Lourdes Fuentes fulfill the duties of an additional care coordinator role. After

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Monsignor William J. Linder Scholarship Recipient Earns Bachelor’s, Lands Job With ExxonMobil

Steed Amegbor moved to Newark as a teenager knowing very little English. With the help of the Monsignor William J. Linder Scholarship, he successfully completed high school and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. Now he’s heading to Texas to become a mechanical engineer for ExxonMobil. In 2010, Amegbor moved to Newark from Togo, West Africa. It was his junior year of high school and his knowledge of English was limited. He received the Monsignor William J. Linder Scholarship to attend St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, which he says was extremely helpful. “There’s no way I could’ve possibly afforded the financial burden of St. Benedict’s without the scholarship,” Amegbor said. Getting an education

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Landing A Management Job After Culinary Training

After Brittany Robinson completed the Culinary Arts Specialist Training Program at the New Community Workforce Development Center, she was ready to land a job. What Robinson discovered was that her newly completed training and certification propelled her beyond the entry level job that she applied for and took her career to the next level. On May 1, Robinson started working for Aramark Food Service as a manager. “Brittany interviewed for an entry level position with Aramark, but was offered a manager’s role because of her work experience and ServSafe certification,” said Rodney Brutton, director of Workforce Development at New Community. Robinson works for Aramark at Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny, where she is in a position to interview, recommend

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Former NCC Youth Earns Doctorate Degree, Impacts Community

Dr. Shannon Stanford is a true success story. Born and raised in the Central Ward of Newark, Stanford witnessed the effects of gun violence and drugs on her community. But New Community Corporation programs helped her see people working in a positive environment, which she attributes to her educational and professional achievements. She has been a professional teacher and currently works as a behavioral specialist and a consultant. Last month she completed her doctorate in education at the University of Southern California – all at age 32. “I and others like myself are an example of the desired outcome of the NCC founders,” Stanford said. “We are examples of the good that results from people who assume social responsibility and

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Law School And Beyond: NCC Parent Passes Bar, Builds Legal Career

Tyana Murray admits there were times when she wanted to quit law school. And perhaps she might have—had she not already come so far. As a single parent, Murray embarked upon the formidable task of pursuing her law degree while also raising her young daughter, Tahyae Fisher, who attended NCC’s Community Hills Early Learning Center in Newark since the age of six months. “It was definitely a struggle trying to keep it all together,” Murray said. “You need to know how to deal with the cards dealt to you and still prevail through it all,” she said. Murray successfully took the LSAT, the admissions test for law school, but that was only the first of many hurdles she faced. Due

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Allied Health Grads Score Jobs At Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

About a month after Ernestina Adu-Gyebi graduated from the Allied  Health Training Program at New Community, she started her first day of work at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as a nurse assistant. Previously, 31-year-old Adu-Gyebi worked as a home health aide and interacted with one patient at a time in a home setting. At Newark Beth, it’s a much faster pace. She cares for multiple patients—checking their vital signs or helping them with daily activities such as washing or going for short walks—and also assists nurses with their duties. “I get to help so many people out,” she said. “I’m learning so much.” Abu-Gyebi is one of several graduates from New Community Workforce Development Center’s Allied Health Care Training

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NCC Youth Joins The Navy, Plans To Cross The Globe

College isn’t for everyone and Robert Williams has experienced that first hand. Upon graduating high school in 2015 from People’s Prep Charter School, Williams, a resident of 72 Hayes St. in Newark, enrolled at William Paterson University in the fall. But he felt bored. He wanted to see more of the world. “Why not? It’s a new experience,” Williams, now 20, said from Pensacola, Fla., where he was stationed at the time of the interview. Taking matters into his own hands, Williams said that he originally wanted to join the Marine Corps but was unable to enlist because of a policy that didn’t allow any visible tattoos. So he turned his focus on joining the Navy. Within two days of

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NCC Partners With City To Train Jobseekers For Positions At Port Newark

For Ashton Merritt, New Community Workforce Development Center’s Ford Automotive Training Program has changed the course of his life. In the Summer of 2015, he completed the 1,200-hour program, which is backed by Ford Motor Company, and was hired last September by FAPS Inc., a major employer at the Port of Newark. “This has literally turned my life around,” said Merritt, 32, of Newark, who recently marked his one-year anniversary at the job. “It was great for me.” Merritt is one of several graduates from New Community’s automotive program that was hired as a full-time laborer at FAPS, which is the abbreviation for Foreign Auto Preparation Service. “You guys have provided us with good employees,” Julie Lynch, FAPS human resources

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