2014 Fedcap School Graduation
On June 17th the Fedcap School celebrated its 2014 Graduation & Moving Up Ceremony for five graduating seniors and seven students who will be seniors during the 2014-2015 academic year.
The Fedcap School is a New Jersey Department of Education-approved private school in Orange, NJ, that provides academics, vocational training and transitional support to students with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21. The School’s curricula help students develop literacy, math, social and vocational skills, and provide innovative internship and structured learning opportunities with community businesses.
“This is a very special day for the graduates, the transitioning students and the entire Fedcap School team,” said Fedcap President and CEO Christine McMahon. ‘These young men and women have accomplished and overcome so much, and should be very proud as they move on the next chapter in their lives.”
The graduating students had much to celebrate. A’Aniya Jackson, 21, overcame significant challenges to begin to work to her full potential and meet all the requirements for graduation. She showed a talent for fashion design while at the Fedcap School, and plans to pursue a career as a designer. Chris Alvarado completed his high school diploma. He began his internship at a Shop Rite supermarket and is now the store’s Assistant Manager on the night shift.
Brandon Muniz graduated from the Fedcap program with his high school diploma. Isaiah Lozada completed all of his credit requirements for his high school diploma, and was offered a full-time job at a local auto mechanics business. Lizette Rivera made great strides in learning English and plans to work for the child care company that she worked as an intern.
“This is a beginning for you, and we at Fedcap want to ensure that we assist you in every way possible so that you can achieve economic self-sufficiency,” said Dr. Roque Gerald, Fedcap Senior Vice President, Education Practice Area.
Dr. Kenneth Hamilton, a distinguished educator and scholar who is currently Superintendent of the Monroe Township School District in Middlesex County, NJ, delivered the keynote speech.
“I am honored to stand before this class today and congratulate you,” Dr, Hamilton said. “Always remember those that are less fortunate, and remember that you can be anything that you want to be.”
Fedcap Chief Operating Officer Joe Giannetto closed the ceremony by acknowledging the parents, caregivers and others who worked closely with Fedcap School staff to ensure success for the graduates and for the students who will be moving up.
“We appreciate how important family and friends are in helping to overcome barriers and transition to better places,” Mr. Giannetto said. “This is a very inspiring and special day.”