It seems that the fall season has finally found its way to the Garden State and is here to stay. So as the leaves change color and the temperatures take a bit of a dip, the New Jersey Association for College Admissions Counseling is continuing its efforts assist you and the students you work with on a daily basis. We welcome those of you who are new to our profession and new to our organization along with those seasoned veterans who have returned to make use of the resources and benefits that our association has to offer.

The NJACAC Annual Conference, now 6 months away, needs YOU! Your input, your voice, your collaboration as the “Call for Proposals” is now out for sessions at #NJACAC19! Want to present but not sure on what? No need to worry! We have a list of “Hot Topics” that you can reference in order to create your proposal. The deadline to submit is December 15th at which time the 2019 Conference Planning Committee, led by President-Elect Larry Alterman, will take all submissions and select those which will be featured at the 2019 conference. Have questions about the conference or want to get involved with the Conference Planning Committee? Send an email to to see how you can help!

We have already held three of our four scheduled Regional College Fairs which have been a huge asset to the local communities. It is our pleasure to work alongside the local committees for each fair to put on an exciting and fruitful fair for all to benefit from. This year, we began our partnership with StriveScan and it has been an absolute hit. Students find it quick and easy to generate their bar code right on their mobile devices which college admissions representatives can then scan onto their mobile device. After a successful fair and at the push of a button, admissions reps can export a list of students they spoke to while the student back home, gets a list of the schools they spoke to and the admissions representative’s contact admission. NJACAC is looking forward to a long-standing relationship with StriveScan to provide this essential service that benefits everyone involved in the college fair experience.

The Fall Kickoff event welcomed approximately 50 members of our organization to spend some time with high-ranking admissions officers to discuss current trends and topics in higher education, specifically in the area of admissions and enrollment. Our Professional Development committee spearheads this effort annually and we look forward to continued programming from them over the course of the next year.

In conjunction with NACAC, our affiliate will be assisting in the efforts of hosting another successful Atlantic City National College Fair on Thursday, November 1st, with two sessions taking place, 9am-12pm and 6pm-8pm. Elaine Freda & Christina Vasquez, co-chairs of the Atlantic City College Fair Committee need your help! From manning the counseling center, to assisting with student registration, and bus check-in, they need you! Please consider giving some of your time on Thursday, November 1st, to assist. To get more information on how to do so, email Elaine and Christina at

We are stronger together. Whether you are a college admissions representative/officer, a school-based counselor, an independent college counselor, member of a community-based organization, graduate student pursuing an advanced degree to progress in our profession, or even someone who is looking to find their way into our profession, WE are stronger together. All with the same mission, all with the same goal: to help guide students to their best post-secondary school path. So as we move along in this cycle, I challenge you to engage on another in collaborative and productive discussion via our LinkedIn group, or perhaps on our Facebook or Twitter feeds! We are stronger together so let’s empower one another through our individual experiences so that collectively, we can continue to be strong.

Carlos O. Cano
NJACAC President

PS: Can’t forget about the ‘Gram! Check out our Instagram page to see two of our Executive Board members complete their own Instagram takeover.