Barbara Gaba of Union County College to receive Educational Excellence Award from National Council of Negro Women

Dr. GabaCRANFORD – Barbara Gaba  has been chosen by the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Greater Elizabeth Area Section, to be a recipient of the Prestige Recognition Award, “NCNW Educational Excellence Award.”

Gaba serves as the Provost of Union County College’s Elizabeth campus and is an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for the College. She is an active member of the greater Elizabeth community as well.

Gaba will receive this award at the 10th Annual Harambee Breakfast and Awards Ceremony being held on March 14 at the Renaissance Airport Hotel in Elizabeth. She is one of five individuals who will be awarded for their outstanding commitment to community service.

The keynote speaker at the ceremony will be the Honorable Alexis Herman, the first African-American United States Secretary of Labor. Also, the National Council of Negro Women will be celebrating 80 years of enriching and fulfilling the lives of African-American women and their families. The organization was established in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune, distinguished educator and life rights leader.

The mission of the NCNW is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. The organization fulfills its mission through research, advocacy and national and community-based health, education, and economic empowerment services and programs in the United States and Africa.

Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the oldest of New Jersey’s 19 Associate Degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science, and Applied Science degrees.