Another summer is coming to an end! Before we know it, school counselors will welcome back their students, college admissions officers will be at the favorite landing spot for coffee and Wi-Fi as they travel our great state, and our independent counselors will be working with their students as they prepare to apply to college. After a summer hopefully filled with beach time, time with family and friends, and a time to simply kick back and enjoy the simpler things in life, it will soon be time to get back to the grind.

It was a busy summer for the NJACAC and we are so excited to carry the momentum from the summer into the academic year.

Our Basics of College Admission workshop was hosted by Rider University on Thursday, August 9th. The Basics workshop welcomed 90 new college admissions professionals, from all sides of the desk to engage with and learn from some of our more seasoned members. Not only did we welcome these 90 professionals to our workshops but we also welcomed them into our association as their registration to the workshop includes membership for their year to NJACAC.

Just prior to Basics, the NJACAC Executive Board met at Stockton University for its annual Summer Retreat on August 6th & 7th. Our Executive Committee (Presidential Trio, Secretary, Treasurer) and the rest of our Executive Board (Secondary School Representatives, College Representatives, Delegates to the NACAC National Assembly, Chairs of our 12 Standing Committees), and Chairs of Standing Subcommittees, gathered to review the 2017-2018 cycle, as well as to plan for the 2018-2019 cycle. Among various topics, the board discussed in extra detail, a plan to redesign our “ABCs of College Planning” as well as our association’s value proposition and how to keep our members engaged in our organization. We look forward to carrying out some of our long-standing initiatives while introducing some new ones as well.

Camp College welcomed 25 students from all over the state of New Jersey to Caldwell University for our two-day program designed to educate students about their college admissions process. Small Group Leaders, from all sides of the desk, lead students through various discussions and exercises, as well as a College Admissions Panel, College Fair, and mock interviews in a “Speed Dating” format. This year’s program was amazing and we look forward to growing this program in 2019.

As we approach the end of the summer, we will get ready for our Fall schedule of events which includes four Regional College Fairs taking place all over our great state, our annual Fall Kickoff event at Rider University, and later in the season, the Atlantic City National College Fair.

Even prior to that, I hope to see many of you at NACAC’s National Conference in Salt Lake City taking place September 27th-29th. In Salt Lake City, we will hold an exclusive gathering for all NJACAC members who are in attendance! Be sure to renew your NJACAC Membership so you can gain entry, but if you haven’t by the time you get to SLC, don’t worry, we can renew you right onsite!

Summer is not quite over yet, so continue to enjoy the sunshine! Looking forward to starting off the year strong with all of you, the members of NJACAC!

Carlos O. Cano
NJACAC President

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