Making Imposible Dreams Reality at CCC

8/30/05


It seems like just yesterday when we experienced the joy and celebration of our largest graduating class from Cumberland County College. Last May, about 80 percent of the 418 graduates accomplished an impossible dream – they were the first in their families to earn a college degree.

It also seems like just yesterday that I left a Cumberland County Board of School Estimates meeting with a county commitment to build a new Student and Enrollment Services Center and a new Conference Center at the college. Just months prior to this in 2001, we received a commitment from the CCC Foundation Board to raise more than $2.5 million to support a new and untested School Counts! program in which high school students could earn certificates that would enable them to attend CCC for free. Talk about the impossible dream!

And here we are, about four years later. Consider Cumberland County College’s calendar for September.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Luciano Family Center for Public Service and Leadership - CCC’s new conference center – will be held Sept. 1 at 3 p.m.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student and Enrollment Services Center will be held Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. This is a “one-stop” facility for admissions, counseling and student activities that will house the new Barnes and Noble bookstore and All Seasons food service.

A celebration to mark the completion of the School Counts! endowment campaign will be held Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.

A reception to honor our first cohort of successful tuition recipients of the CCC School Counts! program will be held Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. These students are pioneers who will serve as role models for their brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends and neighbors.

Wow! Talk about an exciting month for CCC and Cumberland County. We look forward to celebrating the success of our new students, the tenacity of our Foundation Board and the combined efforts of all who made our new facilities possible.

Dreams become realities at CCC through hard work, persistence and a little help from friends. In three weeks, a whole new group of dreamers will join us as we begin the fall semester. We look forward to supporting our students’ dreams, and challenging them to make their dreams come true.

In the fall, we will ponder our upcoming five years as we develop the college’s next strategic plan. With lots of help from county stakeholders and friends, we will turn our dreams into realities.

So go ahead. Join us as we dream impossible dreams. There’s a good chance that your wishes will become accomplishments.