Community Partner Award presented to Evelyn Rosa

Evelyn Rosa was presented a Community Partner Award by the New Brunswick Education Foundation at its annual awards gala in June. Ms. Rosa, the director of the Middlesex County College New Brunswick Center, was recognized for her work at the center and in the community. She is responsible for all aspects of the center’s services, and she is also active on task forces, advisory boards and committees focusing on reducing food insecurity, creating employment and educational opportunities for youth, and education about healthy relationships as a tool for reducing domestic violence. She developed the E.M.P.O.W.E.R. program (Encouraging Mentoring Peers on Work and Education Readiness), a college preparation program for New Brunswick high school students. It incorporates opportunities for mentoring, financial education and community service. The program boasts a 100 percent high school graduation rate and over 80 percent college enrollment. She was presented the award by Emmanuel Ford (pictured with Ms. Rosa), the New Brunswick Education Foundation’s executive director and founder. The award program also honored Walter Virgil Sr., of the New Brunswick HUB Teen Center, and Kamal Khan of the Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences, and the Foundation welcomed eight new members into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni.