“Nicolette and Carolina have dedicated themselves to the highest standards of excellence, both in the classroom and in the community."
May 10, 2023

PCCC Students Named to NJ All-State Academic Team 2023

Nicolette Carpenter and Carolina Ramos are among the 37 community college students named to the 2023 NJ All-State Academic Team, an honor given by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) for both outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities and colleges as members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for community colleges.

Nicolette and Carolina with (left)  Dorothy Hall, Executive Board Committee of NJ Council of Community College; Mary Zimmerman, and Dr. Steven Rose, president of Passaic County Community College

Nicolette Carpenter receives her NJ All-State Academic Team medal from Mary Zimmerman, Chair of the NJ Council of Community Colleges

Additionally, Nicolette is a recipient of a Coca-Cola Silver Scholarship. She is one of seven New Jersey community college students to be recognized by PTK and the Coca-Cola Foundation with scholarships as part of the USA All-State Academic Team Competition. Team members were nominated by their college administrators based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service.

Nicolette and Carolina, along with the 35 other student honorees were recognized last month at the New Jersey Community Colleges Scholar Celebration held at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.

“These exceptional students utilized the many opportunities that New Jersey’s Community Colleges have to offer and succeeded brilliantly,” said NJCCC President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D. Mary Zimmerman, Chair of the NJCCC, added that the honored scholars “have thrived on and off campus as community leaders to reach this high level of achievement.”

Nicolette will receive her Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts/Humanities later this month at PCCC’s 51st Commencement. She plans to continue on for a bachelor’s degree in political science and has been accepted by both Harvard and Princeton.  Nicolette aspires to attend law school and eventually practice International Human Rights Law.

Carolina will graduate with an Associate in Science degree in Biology and transfer to Rutgers/New Brunswick to pursue a bachelor’s degree and prepare for a career as a pediatrician.

“Nicolette and Carolina are richly deserving of this statewide recognition,” said Dr. Steven Rose, president of PCCC.  “They have dedicated themselves to the highest standards of excellence, both in the classroom and in the community.  Through their achievements, they have continued the proud legacy of PCCC’s award-winning and nationally-recognized chapter of the PTK Honor Society.” 

Congratulations to both Nicolette and Carolina. We are PCCCProud of you and wish you both a bright a fulfilling future.

 Carolina Ramos with Mary Zimmerman