PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College dental hygiene program students like Delsi Barrera, of Nyack, N.Y., gave more than three-dozen children – and parents – a reason to grin Feb. 7 at the school’s 12th annual “Give Kids a Smile Day.” Patients such as nine-year-old Laila Kelley Gold, of Maplewood, received free oral exams, cleanings – and the occasional filling – in the school’s dental hygiene clinic. The American Dental Association founded the oral health program more than a decade ago for children age 2 to 12. Bergen’s dental hygiene program offers low-cost oral healthcare available to the community throughout the year.

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PARAMUS, N.J. – If Bergen County’s winter continues at this rate, children home for President’s Day break won’t spend much time outdoors. However, this year, parents can help clear the winter doldrums with classes offered by the Bergen Community College Division of Continuing Education kids and teens program. Each class, led by a professional teacher, will meet for three days, giving kids age seven to 17 an opportunity to experience something new on their days off. All classes will take place at the school’s main campus at 400 Paramus Road in Paramus.

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PARAMUS, N.J. – Students who missed the opportunity to register for classes beginning Jan. 21 at Bergen Community College have additional options with the school’s flexible start dates. The “spring II” slate of classes begins Tuesday, Feb. 11; “spring III” begins Tuesday, March 25. Classes take place across Bergen’s three locations in Paramus (400 Paramus Road), Lyndhurst (1280 Wall Street West) and Hackensack (355 Main Street), with many general education courses offered at all sites.

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PARAMUS, N.J. – On Jan. 17, three-dozen fourth graders from East Newark Public School received a taste of college life during a visit with the Bergen Community College information technology department. As part of “technology day,” the grade-schoolers arrived at the College’s Paramus campus to learn about computer hardware and web development in hands-on lessons led by Bergen’s information technology department chair professor Bill Madden and professor Anita Verno (pictured). The day not only reinforced work that began in the students’ classroom during “computer science education week” last month, but also introduced the fourth-graders to a college campus and offered computer access to the young community members with limited technology resources.

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PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College faculty and administrators have selected two projects as the school’s submissions to the League of Innovation in the Community College for the organization’s John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award and the Innovation of the Year Award: Professor Rachel Wieland’s work with the College’s student-comprised “green team” and Professor Margaret Hayes’ mobilization of nursing faculty in integrating video evaluations into coursework.

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