Hudson County Community College and Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey Sign MOU

March 10, 2020

The agreement will benefit HCCC students, Statewide Hispanic Chamber members, and area entrepreneurs.


March 10, 2020, Jersey City, NJ – On Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Hudson County Community College (HCCC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) to acknowledge and formalize the next steps of their partnership. The event took place in the HCCC Culinary Arts Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City, NJ.

HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber was joined at the signing by SHCCNJ President Carlos Medina, Chairman Luis De La Hoz; and the Chamber’s Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program (HETP) Manager Valeria Aloe. Also in attendance from HCCC were Vice President of External Affairs and Senior Counsel to the President Nicholas Chiaravalloti; Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Lori Margolin; and Director for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Catherina Mirasol.


MOU Signing


“The College recognizes the significant role that Latino entrepreneurs play in helping breathe new life into Hudson County’s commercial corridors and neighborhoods,” Dr. Reber stated. “Our agreement with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey will further strengthen our community, and provide our students with opportunities to participate in Chamber events held at the College and beyond that will assist them in expanding their professional networks, and succeeding in their careers.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the College will provide space for SHCCNJ programs and events – such as HETP. The Chamber will also receive information about HCCC programs and degrees to share with its members.

Lifelong Hudson County resident Ezekiel Rivera, a graduate of the HETP and the founder of EVOLVE, a brand strategy and design company, spoke about the critical role that program plays in providing opportunities and resources for small business owners.

“Our newly strengthened partnership with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey is truly a win-win-win, as it benefits HCCC students, Chamber members, and the entrepreneurs of our community,” Dr. Reber said.