Encouraging & Mentoring Peers On Work & Education Readiness

E.M.P.O.W.E.R. is a college preparation program created in 2009 by Evelyn Rosa, Director for the Middlesex County College New Brunswick Center. The program offers afterschool tutoring and college preparation assistance to high school students from New Brunswick and nearby communities.

College mentors are selected by the Rutgers University Collaborative Center for Community Based Research and Service and the Middlesex County College Democracy House Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service.

EMPOWER Benefits:

  • FREE tutoring
  • Information sessions: Career Exploration, Time Management, Study Skills, Financial Literacy
  • FREE college classes *by selection, requires parent/guardian and HS counselor recommendation
  • Peer mentoring on high school-to-college transition

EMPOWER Requirements:

  • Improvement in high school grades as evidenced by HS transcripts
  • Engagement with tutors/mentors a minimum of four hours per week
  • Successful completion of college class (if selected)
  • Fall and spring community service event
  • MCC application and completion of FAFSA or Alternate FAFSA application

EMPOWER Timeline:

  • The program runs from September to May and meets M to Th., 4- 6pm

For an application, please email Carolina Ochoa at COchoa@middlesexcc.edu. An interview with the Program Coordinator and an orientation is required for consideration into the program. For more information – click here