MORRIS COUNTY ORGANIZATION FOR HISPANIC AFFAIRS HOSTS EDUCATION FORUM AT COUNTY COLLEGE OF MORRIS
Celebrating 35 Years of Educating, Empowering and Serving
Morris County’s Hispanic and Low-Income Communities
Randolph, NJ (May 14, 2011) - The Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA) hosted an educational forum in celebration of its 35th anniversary of community service to the low-income community of Morris County. The forum entitled “Into the Mainstream: The Importance of Minorities in America,” featured prominent Morris County Community leaders and an exchange of ideas of real issues facing the Morris County Community today. Retired New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Stewart Pollock was the keynote speaker.
The panelist included Bette Simmons, Ed. D., Vice President of Student Development and Education, County College of Morris, Eva Turbiner, President and CEO, Zufall Health Center, Lisabeth Degnan, VP and Executive Director Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation, Reynaldo Caudillo, Los Caudillo International, Inc. and David Pallant, Professor of Communications, County College of Morris. The speakers addressed important topics facing Morris County today including education, health literacy, financial literacy, social media and the dramatic increase in consumer power wielded by minorities. The new US census data was discussed including the growth of various minority groups in Morris County, the impact on the provision of health and education services and the importance of integrating and building bridges among all county residents. To conclude the event, four Morris County residents - Luis Martinez, CCM Admissions Counselor, Merced Solis, Roxbury School Teacher, Juan Molina, Director of Computer Training for MCOHA and Andres Torres, Attorney, shared their success stories and encouraged others to follow in their path of education and hard work to enter the mainstream.
MCOHA hopes to continue its role in educating the Morris County Community about these important issues in the future through similar forums and events.
The Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs’ mission is to enrich the Morris County Community by facilitating the adaptation and well-being of the low-income Hispanics and non-Hispanics through services, information, education, and civic participation. MCOHA has been educating, empowering and serving Morris County’s Hispanic and low-income communities for more than 35 years.