CCC Reviews Impressive Year in August


By Kenneth L. Ender, Ph.D. President

Year-end reviews and forecasts for the future appear in newspapers throughout the world in December and January. At Cumberland County College, we’re reflecting and predicting in August, since the college’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, and fall semester begins in September.

It’s a great time – one of the more quiet times of the year - to marvel at the accomplishments of the college’s students and employees. Reviewing the past year also reaffirms to me that the college and community leaders are working together effectively for improving the quality of life in the community.

During the past year, more than 2,000 students from area high schools have signed up for School Counts!, a program that helps the students become workforce ready. Four hundred businesses are participating in this milestone collaboration between business and education leaders. And the CCC Foundation is conducting a major campaign, chaired by Sidney Brody, to raise funds for CCC scholarships for students who earn School Counts! certificates.

Enrollment for the 2001 fall semester - 2,775 students – rose 1.3 percent over the 2000 fall semester enrollment. And the enrollment for the 2002 fall semester, which will begin Sept. 4, appears to be about 10 percent higher than last year’s enrollment.

More people are choosing Cumberland because we offer a quality education at a reasonable cost, close to home. And students who attend CCC are succeeding. The second largest class in the college’s history – 350 students – graduated last May.

During the past year, the college began $14 million in construction projects, including the Aquaculture Demonstration Center, the George P. Luciano Family Center for Public Service and Leadership, the expanded “one-stop” student center and the distance learning facility. Through these construction projects, the college is continuing to build a strong foundation that supports economic and cultural development throughout the region.

Last spring, CCC opened Computer Technology Centers on Landis Avenue in Vineland, Washington St. in Bridgeton and at the Shiloh Baptist Community Center in Port Norris. These centers are an investment in individuals because they provide community access to today’s technology. Clay College opened in the Millville Arts District on High Street last April. The second class of new and emerging leaders completed Leadership Cumberland County. And the college began literacy and business start-up programs.

The Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center featured a range of events from Broadway classics to community forums. During the past year, 31,986 people attended 285 events at the center.

We will continue to make “no little plans.” Through employee accomplishments, student achievements and the dedicated work of many community residents, CCC will grow and flourish along with Cumberland County.