Meet NewBridge Jobs Plus Alumna Fergie Romero
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Dover resident Fergie Romero spoke at NewBridge’s Race to Sustain Hope Gala on April 21, impressing guests with her journey overcoming adversity.
Fergie Romero became a mother during her junior year at Dover High School. In her senior year, Romero missed too too many classes when her daughter was sick. She was given a choice: repeat the school year, or leave.
On a friend’s recommendation, she enrolled at NewBridge Jobs Plus, NewBridge Services’ alternative education and career program. After just three months, Romero passed the New Jersey high school exam.
“NewBridge was a great stepping-stone. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful,” said Romero, a 2015 graduate. “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t gone there.”
Shortly after graduation, NewBridge Jobs Plus Career and College Counselor Jill Worrall called her about a job opportunity with Zufall Health, a community health center. Romero was hired as a patient representative in November 2015, and in December 2016 was promoted to do outreach. “NewBridge saw my potential before I did,” she said.
The 19-year-oldintends to pursue a nursing degree. She lives in Dover with her daughter, Julia, and husband, Anthony Steve Rivera.
NewBridge Jobs Plus is the longest-running alternative education program in Morris County and has helped well over 1,000 young adults earn their high school diplomas and prepare for college, trade schools and careers since 1983. The program, located at the NewBridge Parsippany Center, is free to young adults living in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, and transportation is provided to Morris County residents.
NewBridge Jobs Plus receives funding from: the Workforce Investment Board of Morris/Sussex/Warren Counties; Affinity Federal Credit Union; John Bickford Foundation; Community Foundation of New Jersey; Lakeland Bank; Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Provident Bank Foundation; TD Bank Charitable Foundation; Charles Emil Thenen Foundation; United Way of Northern New Jersey; Wells Fargo; and Wyndham Worldwide.