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graduation capsOn August 31, The Careers through Technology (CTT) Adult Program graduated Chasen Brown and Jacob “Yasha” Kaminer in a ceremony at the New Bridges’ Atrium. Distinguished guests included Superintendent Dr. Howard Lerner, and Directors of Instruction Mitchell Badiner and Tara Bohan. Several members from the community, family and friends were in attendance to celebrate this special occasion.

During Chasen’s time at CTT, he developed an extensive knowledge of computer technology becoming proficient in the areas of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Additionally, Chasen mastered skills necessary in order to become self-reliant, independent in daily living activities, make informed decisions and advocate for himself. During his tenure at CTT, Chasen sought and gained employment at Hillcrest Gardens in Paramus developing appropriate job skills, interpersonal skills, independent travel, and structured techniques. Chasen also worked in the Adult Programs by entering and processing all district food orders in our vendor’s data base. Chasen will continue his employment at Hillcrest Gardens and will attend Bergen Community College pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Psychology.

Yasha additionally has become accomplished in the area of technology honing his skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. During his time at CTT, Yasha has also enjoyed working on several research assignments throughout the years presenting to the class and improving his own public speaking skills. Yasha gained employment with Bowen and Bowen Accounts and Auditors in Hackensack through the instruction and support of CTT staff and will continue in his capacity there. Additionally, Yasha is employed by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Yasha will also be attending the Opportunity Center in Fair Law where he will explore his passion of the arts specially in the area of music.

The BCSS Adult Programs’ staff are proud of these two individuals, and congratulate them on completing all the requirements necessary to graduate from the CTT Program. We wish them well in their future endeavors.


The Westwood Elks Carnival

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In July of 2016 the Westwood Elks sponsored their first annual BBQ and Carnival for the Bergen County Special Services Adult Programs. The event was help at our facility here at 296 E. Ridgewood Ave. and they supplied food, carnival games, ice cream and a DJ. Fun and excitement was had by all. We are so grateful to the Elks for donating not only all of the supplies but also their time, many of the Elks members and their families volunteered that day in order to make this a special event for all our clients. Thank you again.


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