CCC Introduces Strategic Plan


By Kenneth Ender, Ph.D., President

How can Cumberland County College best serve Cumberland County during the next five years? College students, employees, trustees and community members pondered this question during the past year.

Last October, a strategic planning retreat was held. Thirty-nine CCC employees, three students, six trustees and 20 community members gathered for three days. The participants produced drafts of new college mission and vision statements. They also compiled five strategic directions.

In January, the strategic plan was shared with the entire college community. After collegewide and community input, the plan was refined. The final version of the plan, titled Connecting Vision to Practice: Cumberland County College’s 2001-2005 Strategic Plan, was approved by the CCC Board of Trustees at their March 20 meeting.

This was a historic day in the college’s history because we now had a new vision, mission and five directions for making Cumberland County a more vibrant community.

I’m proud of the talent and commitment by those who prepared the plan. And I’m excited that we are sharing the plan with the public next week.

The college will introduce Connecting Vision to Practice at the free, open-to-the-public Community-College Symposium Sept. 4 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center. A continental breakfast will be held at 8:15 a.m.

Also at the symposium, Douglas Steele of H2L2 Architects will unveil a master plan of CCC’s growing campus, including the new George P. Luciano Family Center for Public Service and Leadership. We will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s 1,132 community colleges.

After the symposium, people may still enroll in one or more of CCC’s fall semester courses. Classes begin Sept. 5

Notepad #1: Congratulations to Jackie Eisner for showing that CCC is a great place to begin higher education. A May 2000 graduate of Cumberland Regional High School, Eisner was an outstanding student at CCC last year.

A few days ago, Eisner began at New York University in London for a year of international study. She earned 41 credits at CCC, and they were all accepted by the university.

In high school, Eisner took Dual Credit English courses that counted as both high school subjects and credit courses at CCC. This is a program for honor students that CCC has with the area high schools.

Eisner says the professors and counselors are excellent at CCC. She credits Steven Stolar, director of the college’s Advisement, Transfer and Career Services Office, for helping her with her academic decisions.

Notepad #2: Retirement College courses are time well spent, according to John McDonnell, a former CCC trustee chair and advocate for lifelong learning who received an honorary CCC associate’s degree last May. This September, CCC begins Retirement College for residents who are 55 and older. Classes are specifically designed for senior learners.