Bright Predictions for 2003

12/24/02


By Kenneth L. Ender, Ph.D. President

It’s the season for predictions. Writers, “visionaries,” prognosticators and others have made numerous forecasts for the upcoming year. I’ll add my own for Cumberland County College in 2003.

There are going to be more students. We’re offering the programs that students want at a reasonable cost, and the students are responding. Fall semester enrollment – 2,919 students – was the highest in the college’s history. And enrollment for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 21, is well ahead of last year’s figures.

Student activities are going to expand. Co-curricular and extracurricular activities are an important part to the total college experience. Under the leadership of Kellie Slade, director of student life and athletics, students will be able to play on a sports team, join a club or participate in an on-campus activity.

There will be more opportunities for students to earn a bachelor’s degree without leaving the county. CCC graduates will be able to take junior- and senior-year Fairleigh Dickinson University courses at Cumberland’s campus. CCC graduates who can’t leave the county – possibly due to work or family responsibilities - can also pursue a bachelor’s degree with Franklin University through the Internet and Thomas Edison State College through guided study.

New buildings are going to blossom on campus. The aquaculture demonstration center will be up and running. Construction will begin on a $6.6 million addition to the Cunningham Student Center, a $2 million addition to the library, new parking lots and the George Luciano Family Conference Center, a $4.6 million facility to be built adjacent to the Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Cumberland County will continue to embrace School Counts!. This innovative program will provide opportunities for motivated high school students and encourage economic development for Cumberland County. Leaders and community members have donated $1.5 million to the scholarship campaign, and we will reach the $2.6 million goal. People realize that School Counts! is going to greatly improve the quality of life in the county.

Students and professors will grow together. Students will accomplish more than they dreamed was possible. Along with knowledge, they will acquire confidence and leadership skills. At the commencement this May, every one of more than 350 graduates will have a tale of struggle and triumph. And the graduates will go on to succeed at four-year colleges and in their professions. Along with these predictions, I have a wish: Have a happy, prosperous 2003.