H. Research and Public Service Activities

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the College offered the following types of selected research and public service 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 focused on advanced manufacturing under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Acquisitions under the College's state-funded Equipment Leasing Fund grant are well under way, with major equipment purchases for programs in the STEM, Criminal Justice, Theatre and Journalism programs as well as new smart boards and laptops for the Paula Ring center, new computer workstations for the developmental labs, and new laptops for the University Center. In the past year, grant-funded renovations to the Academic Building and the College's IT infrastructure have been completed, with a new lobby, elevator, windows, student collaboratoriums, and runoff remediation for the Academic Building, an entirely new fiber-optic computer network throughout campus, and the new Network Operations Center behind the library. The College recently received a $169,000 award from the state Department of Children and Families, Division on Women, for a Displaced Homemakers' grant for 90 students affected by Hurricane Sandy. This grant will be administered by the College's Workforce & Community Education Division. Meanwhile, CCC continues to implement objectives related to the U.S. Department of Education Title III A Strengthening Institutions grant that has now entered the fifth and final year of the program. Among the initiatives of this grant are efforts that will increase retention and completion rates and implementation of a new computer system, which has enable 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 Strategic and Title III efforts. span>

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 American Library Association Association of Fundraising Professionals Association for Institutional Research College and University Personnel Association Council for Adult and Experiential Learning Council for Advancement and Support of Education Council for Resource Development Delaware Valley Marketing Group Eastern Association of College & University Business Officers EOF Professional Association of New Jersey Foreign Policy Research Institute Geological Society of America Global Interdependence Center Human Resources Association International Chiefs of Police International Visitors Council League of Innovation Libraries of Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland Information Network Middle States American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Middle States Commission on Higher Education Network of Occupational Training and Education National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Association of College & University Business Officers National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship National Association for Developmental Education National Council for Marketing and Public Relations National Community College Council for Research and Planning New Jersey Council of County Colleges New Jersey County College's Joint Purchasing Consortium New Jersey Library Association New Jersey Presidents’ Council New Jersey Nursing Institute New Jersey Council of Associate Degree Nurses New Jersey Nurse Leadership Council New Jersey Nurse Collaboration Council New Jersey Health Sciences Advisory Board NJEDge.Net Phi Delta Kappa South Jersey Math Alliance The Chair Academy The City of Millville Green Team The City of Millville Shade Tree Commission The City of Millville Zoning Board Virtual Academic Library Environment Workforce Consortium of NJ Workforce Development Strategic Planning Committee


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
Ten middle schools participated in the Attendance Counts initiative to raise attendance awareness to students at a young age about the importance of attendance in schools.

Twelve high schools continued participation in the School Counts! program encouraging workforce readiness. Two hundred and seventy seven high school seniors received four School Counts! certificates demonstrating they were workforce ready and eligible for the School Counts tuition scholarship at Cumberland County College. Since the program's inception in 2001, 835 freshman and 506 sophomores have utilized the School Counts! scholarships. To date, the Cumberland County College Foundation has awarded $1,232,617 in School Counts! scholarships.

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 16,000:

Major programming of the season included Craig Schulman On Broadway, the Moscow Festival Ballet "Sleeping Beauty", Tao: Phoenix Rising, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players "The Pirates of Penzance", and 5 concerts by the Bay Atlantic Symphony. Cumberland County College Theater Arts was active with their major production of Les Miserables. This production was honored as one of BroadwayWorld.com’s 2013 Best of Philly/South Jersey and has just received 9 nominations for the Perry Awards through NJACT, including Best Production of a Musical.
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation grant allowed the Guaracini Center to present the Pedrito Martinez Group concert. This was made possible through a grant from the Jazz Touring Network program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Concert also included a pre-show discussion/ Master class with the Mr. Martinez and his Band. The FamilyTime productions were popular, as were their school-day performances. These featured performances by Theatreworks USA in "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day" and "Junie B. Jones". Jazz programming was provided by the Pedrito Martinez Group. The night featured Pedrito Martinez, an award-winning hand drummer and master percussionist with a passionate voice where Jazz, Samba and Merengue were played simultaneously with pulse-quickening results.
The very popular Down Jersey Series continued this year with three large concerts, including the annual Celtic Celebration. In addition, the Down Jersey On Stage series was launched. This series of intimate concerts transformed the Luciano stage into Cumberland County's only "Listening Room." The audience was limited to 100 people who were seated on stage with the artists. The series featured some of the region's best acoustic, folk, country, bluegrass, and singer/ songwriters. Additionally, Visual artists of varying styles and mediums were on display at each performance.
The Humanities Division produced the College literary magazine L’Esprit, and the student newspaper, The Voice.

Other Community Programs and Events

During 2013-2014 examples of selected activities included:

Community Day Cinco de Mayo Celebration Hispanic Leadership Conference Migrant Education Program Dress Drive GEAR UP Program Heart Walk (Ocean City) One Book One College Red Cross Blood Drive 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, 145 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 25 service organizations throughout the county. The College received a $1,000 mini grant from Campus Compact to assist in this meaningful effort. A total of 363 community service hours were recorded over a two day period.

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 2013, 19 service learning courses were offered by 17 different faculty members. An additional 27 service learning courses were offered by 16 different faculty members in Spring 2014. As part of the service learning initiative led by Dr. Kimberly Ayres, the College has connected with over 60 community partners. Cumberland County College had 478 student participants in service-learning representing 9,022 hours of community service.

Special events incorporating leadership and service learning included a second trip to Belize where 7 students and 3 faculty members created greenhouses for year round agriculture, developed a sustainable community garden and worked directly with students from the local elementary school, teaching gardening and sustainability. In addition, the horticulture students in the Plant Propagation class planted a community garden on campus, with the vegetables grown donated to the Bridgeton food bank.

The Intro to Health Careers class held a Community Health Fair on May 10th in the gym with 15 vendors/agencies. Various health screenings and awareness information were made available to the public at no cost. The biology students hosted 70 elementary students from Dane Barse School on Earth Day, teaching recycling, offering craft projects, and planting throughout campus.

All of our athletes are also required to do service projects. In 2013-14, 97 students and 12 staff completed special projects that included: reading to students in elementary schools; mobile mammography ; thanksgiving baskets, working with the STEPS program at Inspira helping overweight children adopt a regimen of fitness; collecting slightly used prom dresses for domestic violence victims. The athletes contributed 871 hours of community service.

In 2013, Cumberland County College continued as a charter member of NJ Campus Compact, with President Isekenegbe joining Dr. Saatkamp, President of Stockton College to lead the NJ Chapter’s Board. Campus Compact is a national coalition of colleges committed to community partnership and engagement.

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