CCC Offering Ever-Expanding Opportunities

10/31/06


When Cumberland County College celebrated its 40th anniversary a couple of weeks ago, we noted that about 350 students enrolled for classes when the college opened in October 1966. This fall, 3,426 students are enrolled. This is the largest class in the college’s history.

A breakdown of this year’s enrollment, provided by CCC Executive Directors Maud Fried-Goodnight and Dr. Sandra Vaden, illustrates vividly that Cumberland is our community’s college.

There are 1,881 full-time students in this class, which is about 9 percent more than last year. And CCC’s younger student population is growing. Sixty-one percent of the class is 24 years old or younger.

With the increases in younger, full-time students, the one-stop student center is bustling place where students participate in numerous events and programs. The cafeteria is a busy venue where students meet with friends and make new ones.

Last week, college’s cross country team finished second in the NJCAA District championships, which is the highest that CCC has ever placed in this competition. Soon, the winter athletic teams will be competing and there will be constant activity in the gym.

Yes, the younger students are adding to the collegiate experience at CCC, but a real strength at Cumberland is its diversity. Students of all ages and backgrounds enhance the educational atmosphere at CCC. Last May, a 74-year-young student graduated from the college.

There are 1,299 minority students – 40 percent of the student body – enrolled at the college. They include 61 American Indian students, 642 African American students, 606 Hispanic students and 51 Asian students.

Popular programs include nursing, liberal arts, education, criminal justice, business administration, business management, radiography, social service, and fine and performing arts.

The Shirlee and Bernard Brown University Center will open on campus in December 2007. In the meantime, many students are taking bachelor’s and master’s degree courses conducted by senior colleges on campus. During the fall semester at CCC, 195 students are taking courses offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair University, Georgian Court University and Rowan University.

With careful planning and preparation, many students receive some form of financial assistance to attend CCC including scholarships, state and federal financial aid programs and work study programs. Through CCC’s School Counts! and the state’s NJ STARS programs, high school students can earn full tuition scholarships to attend CCC.

So the college’s 40th anniversary phrase rings true: There are more opportunities than ever at Cumberland County College.