Hudson’s Eric Friedman Receives Community College Spirit Award

TRENTON, N.J.— On June 17, during its annual New Jersey Community College Awards Ceremony, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the 2013 Community College Spirit Award to Hudson County Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Eric Friedman for his exemplary service to New Jersey’s community colleges.

“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said NJCCC Chairman Bakari G. Lee, Esq.

Friedman was recognized for his work in leading New Jersey’s community colleges in transforming their English as a Second Language programs. Specifically, he co-authored a statewide white paper, “Transforming ESL Education at New Jersey Community Colleges,” and coordinated the first-ever ESL Student Success Summit in April 2013, where over 100 community college ESL faculty members assembled to begin work on improving ESL programs.

Among Friedman’s key accomplishments at HCCC are expanding the program base for both credit and non-credit students; partnering with community stakeholders to launch customized training initiatives in allied health, culinary arts, and information technology; the opening and successful operation of the Culinary Conference Center; and the expansion of professional development programming for faculty and staff.

In addition to his duties at HCCC, Friedman is an active member of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association’s Education Committee as well as the Hudson County Workforce Improvement Board.

Friedman holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in humanities and social thought from New York University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the New School for Social Research. He is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University as well as the Executive Leadership Institute at the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Friedman has lived in New Jersey for 21 years and shares his life with his wife Barbara, a graphic designer, and his two sons.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government. The Council is also the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.Friedman_Spirit

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