Grant Funded Programs at Union County College 

Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG)

The Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) started in 2019 as a pilot program of the State of New Jersey to assist eligible students with tuition and approved fees toward a degree or certificate. As of 2021, New Jersey has made the Community College Opportunity Grant a permanent source of funding to assist students in paying for a two-year degree. This grant is an important step in expanding access to post-secondary education. Students must meet certain criteria to establish eligibility for this State grant.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)

EOF is a multi-faceted student support program for low income and first generation students, run through the Division of Student Development here at Union County College. The NJ Educational Opportunity Fund was created by law in 1968 to ensure meaningful access to higher education for those who come from backgrounds of economic and educational disadvantage. The Fund assists low-income New Jersey residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study. Funding for the EOF program is provided, in part, by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.

Contact: Ruben Melendez, Director

Carl F. Perkins Grant

This US Department of Education grant provides funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Union County Collee.  Here in New Jersey, the program is managed by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Contact:  Dr. Lisa Hiscano, Interim Dean of the Elizabeth Campus

NASA NJ Space Grant Consortium

Union County College received funding as a sub awardee of Rutgers University. This grant has funded Physics boot camps, student “research fellows” who have done research at NASA sites as well as with our faculty.

Contact: Nicole Cippoletti, Assistant Dean of STEM

NSF Bridges to the Baccalaureate (B2B)

This National Science Foundation (NSF) grant is a consortium project with Passaic (lead), Bergen, Hudson and Middlesex community colleges.  The goal is to increase graduation and transfer rates of minority students pursuing STEM degrees. The NNJ B2B is aligned with the Garden State LSAMP (Lois Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) which is a 9 college consortium of universities working to develop the pipeline of minority STEM students.

Workforce Investment Business Center (WIBC)

The WIBC coordinates on the job training programs, job fairs and other events to help businesses recruit qualified employees, and, provides career readiness training, resume building and job search training for unemployed and underemployed county residents at a training facility located at the Mills at Jersey Gardens Mall in Elizabeth. The Division of Continuing Education oversees the WIBC.  Federal WIOA funding, awarded through the Union County Workforce Development Board (WDB), support this comprehensive training e center.

Adult Basic Skills (WIOA Title II)

This NJ Department of Labor (NJDOL) program funds literacy, numeracy and ESL training with the goal of increasing the long term employability and earnings of students completing the programs. The Center for Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) runs the Title II program.

Contact:  Marlene Loff, Director

NJ Youth Corps

This grant funds a four month intensive career and college readiness program for at risk out of school youth.  Youth gain experience working on service projects in the community, prepare for the GED and investigate career and educational options.  Funding is provided through the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Contact: Susana Mateo, Coordinator

Union County Women’s Center

The Women’s Center provides job training and support programs for displaced homemakers. The Center for Economic and Workforce Development runs this program.  Students are eligible for support and tuition costs for both non-credit and credit programs, with the requirement that they lead to short term job placement or job upgrades. Funding is awarded by the NJ Division on Women, Sandy Displaced Homemaker grant program.



The LINCS (Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, Coordinating Supplies) SCM (Supply Chain Management) Program at Union County College has provided educational opportunities and job skills training to prepare participants for entry and middle level employment in the Supply Chain Management Industry. Union County College is a member of a national consortium funded by a federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Broward College serves as the Lead institution.

Contact: Reanin McRoberts, Project Director

College Readiness NOW & College Credit NOW

College Readiness Now supports both mathematics and English college readiness programs in an effort to ensure students graduate high school ready to enroll in credit-bearing college courses.  College Credit NOW has provided college-ready students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school, allowing them to get a jump start on college.   The New Jersey Commissioner of Higher Education and the Prudential Foundation funs these innovative student success programs.

Contact:  Beatriz Rodriguez, Director of Recruitment


As a member of the New Jersey Health Professions Consortium, Union County College was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, for the continued development and delivery of education and training programs, including stackable credentials which bridge non-credit to credit programs within Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

Contact: Rashida Davis, Coordinator

Catalyzing Community & Cybersecurity at Community College – C5

The C5 program is a National Science Foundation initiative to integrate cybersecurity topics into a range of computer science courses. Whatcomb Community College serves as the lead institution for this grant, which funds release time and summer salary for Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne to work with a team of expert faculty from around the country.

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne, Principal Investigator (PI)


The grant funds implementation and evaluation of two-alternative strategies to the traditional remedial math program USDOE First in the World –

Contact: Dr. Mary Ho, Coordinator

Transportation, Logistics & Distribution (TLD) Talent Development Center

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development provides this funding which supports vital occupational training programs in the TLD sector state-wide.

Contact: Dr. Lisa Hiscano, Director of Continuing Education & the Industry-Business Institute

Cyber Service!

A National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) grant funds the development of a Cyber Forensics Technician AAS program at Union County College.

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne, Principal Investigator (PI)