Miryam (Gaby) Rinkerman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a daughter of Italian immigrants and came to this country to pursue her dream of becoming the first one in her family to have a college degree. Starting at the beginning level of English as a Second Language (ESL) at Passaic County Community College, she managed to complete her AA degree from PCCC in two and ½ years and then get a B.A. degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Teachers College, Columbia University. Only ten years after she arrived in this country as a non-English-speaking immigrant, she was hired as full-time faculty in the ESL Department at PCCC. In 2000, she was selected by Dr. Rose, President of PCCC, to be the Director of PCCC’s Community Technology Center.
Since 2000, as the full-time director of the Paterson Community Technology Center, she has been instrumental in conceptualizing and spearheading the CTC initiative at PCCC and in the surrounding community. Under her leadership, the College established a network of four neighborhood-based CTCs in Paterson, implemented a Bridging the Digital Divide Americorps program for 30 students, trained more than 100 local educators in an extensive “train the trainer” technology project, fostered a partnership with more than twenty non-profit organizations in the Paterson community, launched a free technology training program to assist Hispanic-owned businesses in improving their operations and to assist entrepreneurs in establishing successful business start-ups in Paterson ,and co-founded a multimedia skills training program Silk City Media Workshop,for middle school students in Paterson. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the CTC, Professor Rinkerman has managed numerous federal, state, and private grants, including projects funded by such agencies as U.S. Department of Education; the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education; the Corporation for National Service; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration; the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority; and PSE&G.
She helped raise $1.885 million to renovate the CTC facility and expand the Center’s programmatic initiatives.
Professor Rinkerman is widely recognized for her expertise in community development and ESL. She has served as a guest presenter for HUD on numerous occasions, includingthe HSIAC Technical Assistance Workshop (Puerto Rico) and the HUD Office of University Partnerships/HSIAC Broadcast (Washington D.C.). Along with the College, she was featured in the Summer 2003 issue of the HSIAC Central, published by the HUD Office of University Partnerships. She is a regular presenter at the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Annual International Conference and she has also served as Editor of the TESOL Video Interest Section Newsletter. In 1995 she was selected by the United States Information Agency (USIA) to be a Grammar and Technology Teacher / Trainer to English as a Foreign Language Teachers in Ukraine. For her work in the community and especially for helping other immigrants, she recently received Aspira’s Community Service Award. An avid reader and writer in both English and Spanish, in 1997 she was published in an anthology of contemporary Argentinean Authors in her native country. Keen amateur photographer, her works have appeared in many U.S. publications including Kodak’s Viewfinder Forum in 1998.
Professor Gaby Rinkerman has also received the Aspira Community Service Award from Keynote Speaker, New Jersey Governor J. Corzine.