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H. Research and Public Service Activities

During the 2012-2013 academic year, faculty and staff participated in the following types of selected research and professional activities.

Selected Research and Professional Activities

The research and professional development activities of the College involve participation in discipline-related associations, presentations of papers at regional and national conferences, evaluation of existing programs, development of new courses and programs, involvement in development workshops, and participation in grants-related activities. During 2012-2013 faculty and staff also were actively involved in evaluating and revising existing curricula and courses, and developing new programs.

Proposals for several grant-funded projects have been completed, including a workforce education consortium proposal under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program from the U.S. Department of Labor. Research continues for a STEM scholarship grant proposal to the National Science Foundation slated to be submitted next August. Two separate proposals submitted this year for state-funded infrastructure and equipment grants were funded. The College continues to implement objectives related to the U.S. Department of Education Title III grant for strengthening institutions. Among the initiatives as part of this grant are those that will increase retention and completion rates and implementation of a new computer system, which is enabling data-driven decision-making and creation of a student Web portal. The College continues its work as an "Achieving the Dream" institution, one of four in New Jersey. The ATD program emphasizes student success with goals and objectives that complement the College’s Title III efforts.


Professional Association Memberships

Faculty and staff are members of several different professional associations.  Included below is a selected list:

American Association of Community Colleges American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers American Association for Higher Education Association for Institutional Research Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development College and University Personnel Association Consortium of Distance Education Council for Resource Development Delaware Valley Marketing Group EOF Professional Association of New Jersey FEMA’s Emergency Management Higher Education Project Human Resources Association League for Innovation Network of Occupational Training and Education National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Research Council on Mathematics Learning National Academic Advising Association National Association for Developmental Education National Council for Marketing and Public Relations National Council for Research and Planning National Education Business Association New Jersey Council of County Colleges New Jersey Library Association New Jersey Presidents’ Council NJ Board of Nursing NJ Health Sciences Advisory Board NJ Virtual Community College Consortium NJEDge.Net Phi Delta Kappa South Jersey Math Alliance South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative The National Association of Developmental Educators

 

Selected Public Service and Community Activities
Public service and community activities related to the College’s mission include programs for area business and industry, K-12 programs, Fine and Performing Arts Center programs, Continuing education, and other education-related activities open to the public.

Workforce Education Division, Cumberland County College
During 2012-13 short-term career certification programs were offered in healthcare fields, advanced manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma and the alternate route to teaching. Community education programs as well as customized training programs for business and industry continue to be offered by this College division.

K-12 Programs
More than 22,000 high school students have enrolled in the School Counts! program since it began in 2001. The School Counts! Program has issued approximately 12,000 certificates to students in grades 9-12; more than 700 freshmen and 440 sophomores have utilized the School Counts! scholarships; and 243 School Counts! students have graduated from CCC. 

College and high school faculty met to align curricula in language arts and mathematics as part of a continuing effort to increase the number of high school graduates who are college-ready. 

Fine and Performing Arts Programs
Performing arts programs included numerous events attended by more than 18,500: 

Major programming of the season included Dr. John and The Blind Boys of Alabama which brought together a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the multiple Grammy-winning group for a spectacular performance of From Spirituals to Funk and a sold –out performance of Swan Lake performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre. Two major grants allowed the Guaracini Center to present two very distinct performances: 
Direct from Mexico City and supported by a major grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s "Southern Exposure: The Performing Arts of Latin America" program, Teatro de Linea was in residence for a week around performances of their powerful theatrical piece about immigration, Amarillo. The Dodge Foundation provided major funding, along with a gift in memory of Harry Kejzman and in honor of Lily & Sherry by Helen Kejzman, to support a residency by the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company for a residency and performances of their compelling set of dance pieces set against the Holocaust, The Legacy Project. The FamilyTime productions were popular, as were their school-day performances.
Cumberland County College Theater Arts was active with the uproarious comedy Noises Off in the fall and the season ended with an up-beat and toe-tapping production of Footloose. 
Jazz and gospel programming were provided by rising jazz star bassist Ben Williams, who performed with his band, Sound Effect and The Campbell Brothers, who rocked the Luciano Theatre with "Sacred Steel", their blend of gospel, blues and soul played on steel guitars. 
The popular Down Jersey series was well represented with String Masters featuring Tony Trischka and world –renowned guitarist Beppe Gambetta. The Celtic Celebration sold-out for the third year in a row when it featured local favorite and All- Ireland Fiddle Champion, Ten-year-old Haley Richardson. 

The Humanities Division produced the College literary magazine L’Esprit, and the student newspaper, The Voice.

Other Community Programs and Events

During 2012-2013 examples of selected activities included:

Southern New Jersey ESL Migrant Worker Program Community Day Hispanic Leadership Conference Cumberland County Science Fair One Book One College Cinco de Mayo celebration and performances

The College’s George Luciano, Sr. Conference Center was the site for events by business, industry and public groups for conferences, meetings, receptions, dinners, lunches, breakfasts, conferences, job/career fairs, health/wellness fairs, performances, presentations, displays, auctions and awards ceremonies in the Conference Center and Theater.

In January, 179 Cumberland County College students, faculty and staff members honored the work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by serving the community as volunteers at various service organizations throughout the county. The College received a $1,000 mini grant from Campus Compact to assist in this meaningful effort.

The service sites included: Bayshore Discovery Project, Bethel Development Corporation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties, Bishop McCarthy Residence, Bridgeton Public Library, Cohanzick Zoo, Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA, Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity, Cumberland County Office of Veterans Affairs, Cumberland County SPCA, Dr. William Mennies Elementary School, Eagleview Health & Rehabilitation Center, Family Success Center of Commercial Township, Family Success Center of Vineland, Gateway Family Success Center, Genesis Healthcare, Gloria M. Sabater Elementary School, Maurice House, Millville Development Corporation, NJ Veteran’s Memorial Home, R.D. Wood School, Sgt. Anthony Rossi Intermediate School, Spirit & Truth Ministries, Spring Oak Assisted Living , Wheaton Arts Cultural Center.

As part of the College’s Strategic Goal #2: Leadership and Service Learning, the institution set a goal to offer 8 courses with a service learning component. In Fall 2012, 18 service learning courses were offered by 12 different faculty members. An additional 15 service learning courses were offered by 15 different faculty members in Spring 2013. As part of the service learning initiative led by Dr. Kimberly Ayres, the College has connected with over 30 community partners.

Special events incorporating leadership and service learning included a trip to Belize where students and a faculty member created a sustainable gardening area and taught community members how to maintain it.

Other events offered in conjunction with the Office of Student Life and Leadership included Hurricane Sandy Relief, Earth Day, a Domestic Violence Awareness campaign and the Phi Theta Kappa Community Garden.

In 2012, Cumberland County College also became a founding member of the New Jersey chapter of Campus Compact, part of a national coalition committed to community partnership and engagement. There are currently 15 member institutions in NJ. Work continues to expand the membership to other two and four year institutions in the state.




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