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Cumberland County College Introduces its First2Go/Primer-A-Ir Initiative

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Cumberland County College welcomed officials from the OceanFirst Bank Foundation, on March 28, as they made a formal announcement of their support of the college’s new First2Go program, or Primer-A-Ir in Spanish.

OceanFirst Bank, in its efforts to help support education and workforce development in southern New Jersey, has pledged $50,000 to support the initiative. Fifty first-generation incoming college freshmen and residents of Cumberland County will receive $1,000 scholarships as a result of this generous donation by OceanFirst Bank.

“OceanFirst has a great legacy of supporting higher education. We are pleased with their support of our local students who are the first in their families to go to college,” said Cumberland County College President Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez. “Our tuition is $2,200 a semester, so this is a significant help for our students.”

A first-generation college student is defined as one whose parents or legal guardians have not completed a college degree.

The First2Go/Primer-A-Ir program educates prospective students and their families about the financial value associated with earning a college degree at Cumberland County College, as it guides first-time students and their families through the process—from admission through graduation.

“In the modern economy, young people need a credential beyond high school. In Cumberland County, it’s the difference between living at poverty level or above it,” added Dr. Salomon-Fernandez.

First2Go/Primer-A-Ir aims to prepare students for success in their education, in their careers, and in their lives.

Some of the benefits of becoming a First2Go/Primer-A-Ir student include: New Student Orientations that are tailored to first-generation students; support and advisement during the academic year; student engagement through campus life and leadership activities; free tutoring; financial literacy workshops and support with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process; career advising and mentoring with community members and campus leaders; and advisement about earning an advanced degree with an on-campus University Partner or by transferring to a 4-year institution.

Cumberland County College has found that first-generation students thrive when they learn in a supportive environment of peers, faculty and staff who understand their backgrounds and challenges. With this support and network, students are more competitively eligible for scholarships, four-year degree programs, internships and other opportunities.

“The range of attendees at the event today shows how strongly Cumberland, as a county, supports higher education. The college is very fortunate to have a strong Foundation Board that makes students’ dreams of higher education a reality,” Dr. Salomon-Fernandez said.

For more information about how to apply to become a First2Go/Primer-A-Ir student at Cumberland County College, contact Alice Woods at (856) 691-8600 ext. 1390.