CCC Springboard for Student Success

9/23/04


By Kenneth Ender, Ph.D., President

We are in the midst of a remarkable era at Cumberland County College, which is great news for the community. CCC's fall semester enrollment of more than 3,200 students is a record high. The previous high enrollment was 3,112 students for the 2003 fall semester. Last May, Cumberland’s largest class – 381 students – turned their tassels at the college’s 37th annual commencement ceremony.

Like most years, more than 70 percent of the graduates were the first in their families to earn a college degree.

CCC is a springboard for success for residents, and the word is out in neighborhoods throughout our community. More and more people of varied ages and backgrounds are enrolling at Cumberland because we offer a quality education at a reasonable cost. Students enroll at the college to better their lives.

And the college’s dedicated and talented faculty and staff lead the way for student success. Professors have high expectations of students, and introduce them to new worlds. At the college, students discover new dreams, and develop the confidence to pursue them.

This makes the community stronger. Over the years, CCC graduates have succeeded at four-year colleges, in their varied professions and as community leaders. Thousands of CCC alumni live and work right here in the county. They are respected administrators, business owners, computer network specialists, teachers, nurses and other professionals too numerous to list here.

Their backgrounds and areas of expertise are varied, but they all help to upgrade the quality of life in the area. The services provided by CCC graduates make Cumberland County a better place for all of us.

That’s why it’s so important for CCC to continue as an opportunity college, where residents can obtain an outstanding college education that’s close to home and priced within their reach. The entire college community feels passionately about this. So Cumberland will always stand for quality.

In fact, student opportunities are actually going to increase at CCC with new programs and services, and buildings rising up on campus. We anticipate the opening of the Enrollment Services/Student Center in June and the George P. Luciano Family Center for Public Service and Leadership in August. Early in 2005, we will begin planning for the next round of construction projects, including the University Center, where residents will be able to take junior- and senior-year bachelor’s degree courses.

During the next decade, Cumberland County College will be growing and building for student success.