PASSAIC COUNTY – Passaic County will provide college-bound students from the Dominican Republic with a tour of Lambert Castle, Lambert Tower and the Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park this afternoon. The students are part of the Summer English as a Second Language Upward Bound Program (ESL Upward Bound Program), collaboration between Building Sustainable Borders and NJIT.
“Passaic County’s strength is due to its great diversity. We look forward to welcoming these students to some of our county’s unique history,” said Freeholder Hector Lora, the first American of Dominican decent to be elected to countywide office in Passaic County. “These visits come at a time when the county invested in upgrading and recently opening historic Lambert’s Tower to the public.”
Freeholder Hector Lora thanked Beth Marmolejos for her efforts to help raise funds to provide these foreign students with this opportunity to visit New Jersey and Passaic County.
“Today is a good day to be a public servant, welcoming these foreign students to Passaic County and our rich history,” added Freeholder Director Pat Lepore. “NJIT is doing an excellent job orientating first-generation college students to the English language and new cultures.”
The ESL Upward Bound Program is designed to assist low-income and first-generation college bound students in pursuit of the English Language. The curriculum includes a two week immersive language program abroad at NJIT while exposing the students to cultural experiences in New Jersey and New York. The students, ages 16 – 19, share accommodations along with the other international students at the on-campus housing at University Heights in Newark.