On behalf of the entire NJACAC Executive Board, happy new year! I hope that 2019 has gotten off to a great start for you all. This year, our association will have much to look forward to and I could not be more excited for what is to come as I sit in the role of President. Continuing to work together, we will continue to strengthen our skills in order to best service the students that we work with.

The #NJACAC19 Conference Planning Committee just met in the past few days to review session proposals and select those which will frame our conference for this year. Not to mention, the committee is working on some new initiatives that will hopefully help to enhance the conference experience for all in attendance. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for additional details and registration information for the annual conference. A huge thanks to Larry Alterman, President-Elect and 2019 Conference Chair, and his entire committee for all of their hard work.

Our Executive Board came together early in January at Rowan University for our annual winter retreat. The retreat is an opportunity to get together at the halfway point of our cycle to review what we have done, where are currently stand on certain goals and tasks, and where we want to be moving ahead. A highlight of our discussion, was our “ABCs for College Planning” publication, which is currently in a state where it needs to have content reviewed and edited and furthermore, laid out for us in a potential deliverable product. I want to thank Laurie Sieminski and her committee for undertaking the task of updating and reviewing the content and getting us to this stage.

On January 26th, Bloomfield College hosted our annual “College Key” program which hosted high school sophomores and juniors, specifically targeting first-generation students as well as students from lower resource areas, and their families, for a full-day workshop that will take both students and parents through the ins and outs of the college admissions process. Not to mention, the program also discusses some of the things that most may not think about while going through this process, such as “Letting Go”. Students will engage with NJACAC volunteers from all sides of the table, through various workshops intended to get the students’ thoughts going on their college search.

NJACAC is off to a rolling start here in 2019 and we are just getting started! As we get into 2019, I look forward to continuing to work and collaborate with all of you as we seek to be at our very best to serve the students and families we work with. Be sure that you have saved the date, May 20-21, for the 2019 NJACAC Annual Conference! I am looking forward to seeing you all then. In the meantime, you know you can reach out to me anytime at president@njacac.org.


Carlos O. Cano
NJACAC President