Italian Heritage Curriculum at Ocean County College

May 17th 2016

On May 17th, the New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission (NJIHC) held an educational event at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.

NJIHC Commissioners with Dr. Larson

left to right – OCC President Dr. Jon Larson; NJIHC Commissioners: Cav. Gilda Rorro Baldassari, Mario Marano, Dr. Eileen Poiani; NJIHC Chair Robert DiBiase

“The Universality of Italian Heritage” Curriculum Presentation featured testimonials from administrators, teachers, and even students from Oakcrest high school, to the effectiveness of the Curriculum. Additional presentations were made by NJIHC Commissioners Cav. Gilda Rorro Baldassari, Ed.D and Dr. Eileen L. Poiani, while opening remarks were graciously provided by Dr. Jon Larson, president of Ocean County College.

Attendees learned how to integrate this significant educational tool for preserving and promoting Heritage for all students from kindergarten to the undergraduate level. More information and lesson plans from the Curriculum can be found on the Commission’s website at:


Joseph Costal (Supervisor of Language Arts, Oakcrest High School Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District )