PARAMUS, N.J. – After cutting the ribbon on the $1 million STEM Student Research Center April 30, Bergen Community College hosted its second annual “Legislative Lunch” for the state, county and municipal government officials in attendance at the unveiling. The lunch, prepared by Bergen culinary students, featured a roundtable discussion led by Bergen President Michael D., Redmond, Ph.D., (pictured) on topics related to workforce development, training and early college programs. Attendees were:

  • Mary Amoroso, Vice Chair, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • John Birkner, Mayor, Westwood
  • David Ganz, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Germaine Ortiz, Chair, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Kurt Peluso, Mayor, Fair Lawn
  • Peter Rustin, Mayor, Tenafly
  • Linda Schwager, Mayor, Oakland
  • Lisa Swain, Assemblywoman, District 38
  • James Tedesco III, Bergen County Executive
  • Paul Tomasko, Mayor, Alpine
  • Christopher Tully, Assemblyman, District 38
  • Joan Voss, Ed.D., Chair Pro Tempore, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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