16, 2017, Jersey City, NJ – William J. Netchert, Esq., Chairman of the Hudson
County Community College Board of Trustees, and Glen Gabert, Ph.D., the
College’s President, announced the appointment of two new members to the
E. Gardner, former Hudson County Register and a Learning Disabilities
Teacher-consultant, and Hamza Saleem, a 2017 Hudson County Community College
graduate, will be sworn in at the Trustees’ meeting this coming Tuesday,
November 21st. The meeting will be held in
the Mary T. Norton Room on the Fourth Floor at 70 Sip Avenue on the Journal
Square Campus in Jersey City.
Gardner was awarded Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Special
Education from Jersey City State College (now New Jersey City University),
where she later earned her Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant
Certification. She has more than 35 years of experience as a Special Education
Teacher and as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, and Learning
Disabilities Child Study Team Facilitator, primarily in the Jersey City Public
Schools. She continues working in that
area as an IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and ARRA (American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Grant Coordinating Team Member.
2012 to 2016, Ms. Gardner served as the Register of Deeds and Mortgages for the
County of Hudson.
Saleem and his family emigrated from Pakistan to the United States in 2009, and
soon after he was enrolled at Ferris High School in Jersey City. He states that not being able to speak
English was the biggest issue he faced his first few years here, and graduated
in 2013 after twice failing the HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment)
Saleem calls his decision to pursue studies at Hudson County Community College
one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
He says that he was determined to make his time at HCCC a time to help
himself – and his fellow students – grow as leaders, and in his three years at
the College he accomplished that, serving as President of Phi Theta Kappa Honor
Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and the LGBTQIA
Club, which he founded. In addition, Mr.
Saleem was the recipient of several awards, including the NSLS Leadership
Engaged Award and Who’s Who, and was recognized by the National Bar Association
for an outstanding research paper and presentation. He served an internship
with the New Jersey Superior Court, and was presented with a certificate of
appreciation from the State of New Jersey for that work. Mr. Saleem graduated in May 2017 with his
Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a 3.5 Grade Point
Average. He is currently a student at
Rutgers University Newark and is the full-time manager of a Subway restaurant
in Jersey City.
County Community College is governed by its Board of Trustees, a group of ten
voting members selected from the community, as well as two non-voting members –
the President and a student representative chosen from the graduating class
each year. The Governor of New Jersey appoints two trustees, and the remaining
voting members are appointed by the Hudson County Executive with the advice and
consent of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders. As a voting member, Ms.
Gardner will serve a four-year term.