By Alexa Wyszkowski
Nick Gilbert, a former County College of Morris (CCM) student, was walking his dog when he received the phone call he was hoping for that informed him that he had got the position as a CCM Admissions Counselor and Recruiter. When he started his new career at CCM in May of 2018 Gilbert said it was a dream come true.
Gilbert attended CCM as a student from Spring of 2007 to Fall of 2009. He started as a journalism major and then switched to liberal arts. When he was a journalism major he had the opportunity to write for the Youngtown Edition. He remembers that he wrote frequently for about a year covering CCM sports and doing reviews on current movies, tv shows and local restaurants.
As a CCM student Gilbert had a campus job for the Office of Campus Life as a student aid. He remembers working at the window, assisting with setup for club events, putting up posters around campus and making student IDs. These tasks are still done today by current student aids in OCL. Also still at CCM are faculty members Don Phelps and Rosemary Grant, with whom Gilbert made special connections as a student.
“They were extremely impactful, I owe a lot to them and I really respect them,” Gilbert said.
After CCM, Gilbert transferred to William Paterson University and graduated after three semesters in December of 2011 with his bachelor’s in sociology. He then graduated with his master’s degree in student services administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2015. Looking back, Gilbert was more involved in campus life activities at CCM than during his time at WPU and FDU.
“CCM was my best campus life experience for sure,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert knew that he wanted to work in the field of higher education during his time at CCM as a student aid with OCL. Before returning to CCM Gilbert had some other work experiences in the field of higher education. For four years he worked at Parsippany Hills High School as an Instructional Paraprofessional, where he worked with students with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. He then worked at Berkeley College for a year and a half as a Student Accounts Administrator and then for eight months he was a Staffing Manager for a corporate recruiter. As soon as he saw the posting for CCM he applied right away and waited for his interview.
“I was so excited to be interviewing here,” Gilbert said, “I loved the place and knew I had to come back.”
Gilbert was soon hired and his dream came true as he became a CCM Admissions Counselor and Recruiter. Phelps and Grant are still connected with Gilbert and are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with him.
“His passion and loyalty to CCM is rare and when an Admissions position opened up I was thrilled when he interviewed, and of course he was hired,” Grant said.
“As a Student Assistant in Campus Life, Nick was always willing to help students at the Information Window. It is no surprise that he is great addition to the Admissions Office now, helping prospective students throughout their admission process.” Phelps said.
Gilbert can be found some days in his office, which is located in the Admissions Office, where he helps students with the application process. Other days Gilbert is not in his office or even on campus as he is out at local high schools and community events to recruit new CCM students. He also works on planning and organizing open houses, regional college fairs and other programs. Gilbert’s favorite part of the job is being able to connect with students.
“I like helping students and being able to really spread the message of CCM as I lived it myself,” Gilbert said.
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Originally Published in the 1-30-2019 issue of the Youngtown Edition