Research and Public Service Activities


During the 2010-2011 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 2011-2012 faculty and staff also were actively involved in evaluating and revisiting existing curricula and courses, and developing new programs.  There were major revisions in Communications, Journalism and TV Production programs that reflected changes in the communications fields.  Three options were added to the Mathematics/Science degree: Math, Chemistry and Environmental Science.


Final Approval was granted by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to allow the College to offer onine degree programs, beginning with degrees in CCC's Justice Studeis program of Study.


Proposals for several grant-funded projects have been completed and the College continues to implement objectives related to the federal 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.  The College has also been designated as an Achieving the Dream institution, one of three in New Jersey.  During 2011-2012, the College received a federal GEAR-UP grant designed to prepare local high school students to continue their educations at the postsecondary level.


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. 


Professional and Community Education Programs


During 2011-2012 short-term career certification programs were offered in healthcare fields and the alternate route New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey was offered to accelerate the process of teacher certification.  Community education programs as well as customized training programs for business and industry continue to be offered by this College.


K-12 Programs


More than 16,000 high school students have enrolled in the School Counts! program since it began in 2001.  The School Counts! Program has issued approximately 11,000 certificates to students in grades 9-12; more than 600 freshman and 350 sophmores have utilized the School Counts! scholarships; and 201 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 over 200 different events attended by nearly 19,000 people:


- Through a major grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Guaracini Center was able to present "Works in Dance III."  This bi-annual performance featured the works of some of New Jersey's newest and most innovative choreographers. 
- The FamilyTime productions were popular, as were their school-day performances
- Cumberland County College Theater Arts was active with "The Odd Couple" in the Fall, which was an entry into the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
- The season ended with a production of "Fiddler on the Rood" which featured a cast of 50 students, faculty, community members and children
- The David Sanchez Group played Latin and Afro-Cuban influenced jazz, and Grammy winner Kurt Elling celebrated the 50th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's "Live in Paris"
- Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey, the College's "One Book, One College" selection , gave a presentation at the college
- Several concerts by the Bay Atlantic Symphony were offered during 2011-2012 at the Frank Guaracini, Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center


The Humanities Division offered the annual Poets on Campus Day, produced the College literary magazine L’Esprit, and the student newspaper, The Voice.


Other Community Programs and Events


During 2011-2012 examples of selected activities included: 


• Southern New Jersey ESL Migrant Worker Program
• The Annual Seeking Out Alternative Roads (SOAR) Conference
• Cumberland County Science Fair
• Unity Week  activities
• Hispanic Leadership Conference
• Phi Theta Kappa programs
• 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.


Individual Public Service Activities


Faculty, staff, and administrators have participated in the following associations and service groups and offered their expertise in several areas such as:


• South Jersey Hospital Community Advisory Board
• The Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission
• The New Jersey State Council of the Arts
• Presentation for School Counts! Students at local high schools
• Zonta Club of Cumberland County
• Big Brothers/Big Sisters
• Bayshore Discovery Project
• Community health and wellness programs offered by Nursing department
• ASPIRA of NJ Taskforce
• Latin American Educational Foundation
• Martin Luther King Outreach and Social Services Agency
• La Zeta Spanish Radio
• Cumberland Hispanic Literacy events
• New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
• South Jersey Healthcare, Board of Directors
• American Heart Association Heart Walk
• Vineland Education Foundation


In addition to the selected groups listed above, College faculty and staff participate in numerous other service organizations such as United Way, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Club, AAUW.  College employees also serve in leadership roles and on boards of various local and state associations.

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