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             CONTENTS                                                                 FACES IN THE NEWS



                                                                               RCSJ Program Paves
       FACES IN THE NEWS ......................2, 3  COMMENTARY ...................................11
       TASTE OF THE TOWN ........................4   HISTORY ............................................. 14  Way for Former Student to
       HOME & GARDEN ...............................5   ON THE AVE .......................................15  Become Restaurant Owner
       COMMUNITY UPDATE ....................6–7  FUN & GAMES  ................................... 16
                                                                                 When Jaydon Ippolito dropped out of
       THE GREAT OUTDOORS ....................8  COMMUNITY CALENDAR  ................. 16  high school at 17 years old, his father gave
       XSPERIENCE XSPERO ...................... 10  BUSINESS DIRECTORY .................... 18  him two choices—he either had to try to
                                                                               find another high school to attend or he
                                                                               had to get his GED. If he opted to get a
                                                                               high school equivalency diploma, then he
                                                                               would also have to find a job.
                                                                                 Ippolito chose the second option, (he
                                            Pick up your copy of SNJ Today     had been working at a Chick-fil-A since
                                             at various locations including:   the age of 14), and after receiving his
                                             • ShopRite, 1255 Landis Ave.,     diploma through Rowan College of South
                                                       Vineland                Jersey’s (RCSJ) Adult Basic Education   has swiftly climbed the fast-food chain’s
                          STAFF               • ShopRite, 3600 E. Landis       (ABE) program, the Millville resident is   corporate ladder.
                                                                               on a path to one day own and operate his
                                                    Ave., Vineland
                                                                                                                      “I was available to do so many
                                              • ShopRite, 2102 N. 2nd St.,     own store.                          different things at the store that other
       DEBORAH BOERNER EIN, Editor                     Millville                 ABE classes, which fall under the   kids weren’t able to do because they
       CHRIS TOLER, Production Manager        • Main Street Market, 140 S.     umbrella of the College’s Career &   had to go to school,” Ippolito explained.
       MICKEY BRANDT, Contributor Emeritus                                     Technical Education program, are    “After getting my GED at RCSJ
       KEN PUSTIZZI, SR., CEO                      Main St., Millville         designed to prepare students to earn
       KEN PUSTIZZI, JR., President          • ShopRite, 1000 N. Pearl St.,    their high school equivalency diploma,   Cumberland, I was able to grind and
       GIANFRANCO CASALINUOVO, COO                    Bridgeton                                                    make money and do my thing.”
       Advertising Executives:               • Bridgeton Family Diner, 825     improve their English literacy skills, and   Ippolito, who also serves at Calvary
       MARIE HALPIN-GALLO, mgallo@snjtoday.com   N. Pearl St., Bridgeton       get them into college or on their career   Chapel Church in Vineland, said he has
       PAMELA MORRIS, pmorris@snjtoday.com                                     paths.                              gotten some “crazy opportunities” in his
                                             • Amish Market, 2 Cassidy Dr.,      “It genuinely helped me so much,”
         600 G St., Ste 1240, Millville, NJ 08332      Hopewell                Ippolito said about his experiences in   current role as a trainer at the restaurant.
            856-327-8800 • SNJToday.com     • SNJ Today, 600 G St., Millville  ABE. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I   “In February 2020, I went to a grand
            E-MAIL: info@SNJToday.com                                                                              opening in Michigan,” he recalled. “I
                                                                               ended up going to the classes. I would be   served for two weeks and got to meet a
                                                                               there five days a week and we would go   bunch of awesome people. When I go to a
                                                                               over math, science and other subjects.”   grand opening like that, I am considered
                                                                                 “You basically study up and prepare   a corporate employee. I’m pretty much
                                                                               for the GED test,” he continued. “I   an ambassador and representative of the
                                                                               passed my test with flying colors! I was   company.”
                                                                               able to graduate and get to my work.”   As an ambassador, Ippolito gets the
       Know of someone making                                                    Ippolito found his fit with RCSJ   prime opportunity to apply to travel and
                                                                               Cumberland’s ABE program in 2019—the
       a positive difference in                                                same year he began working full time at   represent the Vineland restaurant at
                                                                                                                   numerous Chick-fil-A eateries across the
       the community?                                                          Chick-fil-A. Since then, the 19-year-old   country.


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