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PR # 230 May 12, 2009

RVCC STUDENTS AMONG STATE?S TOP COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS HONORED BY NJ COUNCIL OF COUNTY COLLEGES

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) students Carly Aulicky and Maria Palar were among 34 of New Jersey?s best and brightest community college students honored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges during the 15th annual Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Day celebration. The celebration was held Monday, May 11, at the Lafayette Yard Marriott Hotel in Trenton.

Aulicky, a resident of Gillette, and Palar of Somerset were honored for being named to the 2009 New Jersey All-State Academic Team.

?Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this luncheon program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by PTK, the international honor society for community colleges,? said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. ?These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of PTK at their local community colleges.?

As part of the celebration, the All-State Academic Team members visited the Statehouse to meet with legislative leaders and representatives from Governor Jon S. Corzine?s administration.

Aulicky also was one of six outstanding New Jersey students awarded scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa International and the Coca-Cola Foundation as part of the All-USA Academic Team competition. Aulicky received a $1,000 scholarship for being named a bronze medalist scholar.

The New Jersey Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration is sponsored by PSE&G. In addition, 20 of New Jersey?s four-year colleges and universities have offered over $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 91 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey?s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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