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:

New Community Career & Technical Institute Graduate Uses Certification to Return to Medical Field

Denise Jones has always been passionate about helping others. She worked as a nursing assistant for 25 years before becoming a substitute teacher for seven years. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and closed schools, she decided she didn’t want to continue working as an educator. Instead, she enrolled in school herself and thanks to New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI), she is now working full-time at Newark Community Health Center as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. Jones has lived in Newark for 13 years and was familiar with New Community before enrolling at NCCTI. She knows several people who became licensed practical nurses (LPNs) through an LPN program the organization previously offered. Those individuals spoke highly about their experience

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New Community Career & Technical Institute Graduate Begins Medical Career at University Hospital

Quajen Coates didn’t know he wanted a career in the medical field, but after studying at New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI) he has plans to pursue a nursing degree. Coates graduated from the Patient Care Technician (PCT) program at NCCTI and currently works in that role in the oncology unit at University Hospital in Newark. Coates first learned about NCCTI from his guidance counselor at KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy, located on Littleton Avenue in Newark. He graduated from high school in 2018 and had been working a variety of jobs including at moving companies and landscaping. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he wasn’t sure what to do. He reached out to his former guidance counselor who provided him

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New Community Career & Technical Institute Graduate Becomes Union Member and Entrepreneur

Lamont Rouse was working at Wendy’s when he decided he wanted to further his education and pursue a career in an area other than food service. After doing some research, he found New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI). He originally inquired about computer classes but ultimately decided to enroll in the Building Trades Specialist program. That decision has led to him joining a union and doing construction work with his own business. While Rouse was considering enrolling at NCCTI, he learned that school personnel help students and graduates find jobs in their area of study. That was a big positive for him and contributed to his decision to enroll. When Rouse was halfway through the program, school staff members

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NCCTI Student Earns High School Diploma & Culinary Arts Certification

New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI) helps students begin careers with a strong educational foundation. The school offers a program for young people to earn their high school diplomas and then obtain certifications in a desirable field. Newark resident Messiah Anderson attended NCCTI, earning a high school diploma and culinary arts certifications. She now has a job as a certified trainer at a restaurant. Anderson was introduced to NCCTI when she was 16. She had dropped out of high school and her mother suggested she join Job Corps, which is a program that helps eligible young people complete their high school education, trains them for careers and assists them with obtaining employment throughout the United States. When Anderson went

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NCCTI CMA Student Eddy Oviedo Makes Strides In Her Professional Career After Graduating In 2019

Eddy Oviedo remembers the day she noticed NCCTI on her way to work. “There was a sign that said something about the CMA program being for free, so I called, and that’s how I got in,” said Oviedo. She mentioned that NCCTI offered the same exact course that she was taking before at a university. Eddy’s story is really telling. Eddy is a single mom of five kids who joined the CMA program looking for a steady career. She had no prior professional experience in the medical field, however, Oviedo was determined to establish a career path for herself and her family. “She was such an excellent student, great attendance, fast learner, gave of herself to help her classmates, and

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Four Decades of Service: Madge Wilson Continues to Fulfill New Community’s Mission

It’s extremely rare to find an individual who has dedicated more than four decades of their career to one organization. But anyone familiar with New Community knows Madge Wilson who has been a constant at the organization for more than 41 years. Wilson met the late Monsignor William J. Linder, founder of New Community, at Queen of Angels parish in 1962 where he was first assigned after graduating from the seminary and becoming an ordained priest. After he and other community members started New Community in 1968, Wilson became involved. She was one of the founding members of Babyland Nursery, which provided childcare services, in 1969. After New Community constructed housing, Wilson officially joined NCC as an employee in 1980,

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New Community Career & Technical Institute Graduate Excels as Diesel Technician

New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI) helps its students launch careers in sectors that provide living wages for them and their families. One of those students who is enjoying success is Samad Sharrief who is currently employed as a diesel technician. Sharrief first enrolled in the Automotive Technician program at NCCTI, which he completed in 2017. To increase his earning potential, he returned to NCCTI as part of its first Diesel Technician class, which he completed in 2019. Sharrief is now working as a diesel technician for Penske in Dayton, N.J., where he performs preventive maintenance and repairs on trucks as well as smaller vehicles. “Samad is a talented technician. He came to NCCTI with a great attitude to

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New Community Career & Technical Institute Graduates Pursue Additional Education to Further Careers

An education at New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI) opens the door to a career in desirable industries. But it can also provide an important stepping stone to additional education and an enhanced career. Two women have taken full advantage of their NCCTI education and earned certifications and are now working toward additional degrees in their field. Lavel Chambers and Denayah Reese were classmates in the Patient Care Technician (PCT) program at NCCTI. They completed the program in 2019 and both found employment at Clara Maass Medical Center. Both women have worked at the facility since getting hired, throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now they are both enrolled in classes at Essex County College where they are pursuing additional

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New Community Career & Technical Institute Graduate Receives Award for Work at University Hospital

New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI) graduate Sariah McCoy received the May 2021 Helping Hands Award from University Hospital for her work at the organization’s Ambulatory Care Center. McCoy completed the NCCTI Clinical Medical Assistant program before becoming an employee at University Hospital. University Hospital is one of NCCTI’s employer partners and hires its graduates on a regular basis. NCCTI maintains partnerships with employers in all areas of its instruction. The accredited school offers the following programs: Automotive Technician, Diesel Technician, Building Trades Specialist, Clinical Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Community Healthcare Worker, Culinary Arts Specialist and Business & Computer Technologies. Anyone interested in enrolling should fill out an application at newcommunitytech.edu, call the school at 973-824-6484 or visit

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New Community Helps Young Woman Achieve Dream of Automotive Career

Maa Efia Nyarkoa Ampiaw has always been interested in cars and decided she wanted to become a professional technician. The road to that career path has taken some time, but thanks to New Community and her hard work, she has achieved her goal. Ampiaw first came to the United States from Ghana in August 2017. She moved to Newark with her grandfather and enrolled in New Community’s Adult Learning Center. After successfully completing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Levels 1 and 2 and the High School Equivalency (HSE) course, she enrolled in the Diesel Technician program at New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI), where she learned the skills necessary to become both a diesel and automotive technician.

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