Enrollment Increases, U Center Kick Off Promising 2007


January 2007 kicks off an exciting year of promise and possibilities for Cumberland County College and Cumberland County.

We have just completed our first week of spring semester classes, and we are again experiencing record enrollments. We have surpassed our spring 2006 numbers and set another high-water mark to shoot for next year. Currently, 3,182 students are registered for classes on our campus.

This is great for CCC and wonderful news for the county. Each year, more and more residents are seeking higher education. And as we develop the talent in Cumberland County, we will attract more and more investments from business and industry. As education goes, so goes employment and economic development. So we are headed in a great direction.

Earlier this week, two other events occurred on campus that will add to the dynamic progression of education, employment and economic development in Cumberland County.

First, the ground is being cleared for the Shirlee and Bernard Brown University Center, and a ground-breaking ceremony will be held in February. The center, scheduled for completion in 2008, will be located on the northern part of our campus. The Brown University Center will host our many university partners with specific bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings.

So very soon, students who choose to complete an associate’s degree on our campus will be able stay right here and complete a bachelor’s degree at the Brown University Center. Students will be able to obtain bachelor’s degrees in numerous career areas including health, law enforcement and public safety, financial services - with an emphasis in retail and hospitality - education and training, and construction and engineering. It’s going to happen.

Residents – many who have job and family responsibilities - will get opportunities to continue a formal higher education without ever leaving the county.

Also last week, CCC signed nine curriculum articulation agreements with Wilmington College, which is petitioning the State of New Jersey to operate on our campus in the Brown University Center. If all goes well, Wilmington College will join Farleigh Dickinson University, Georgian Court University and Montclair State University in offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at the center. Perhaps they will be joined by Rowan University, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Rutgers University - Camden.

All of this brings great possibilities for an improved quality of life our county and region. We must provide all Cumberland County residents with an accessible and affordable higher education. The link between education, employment and economic development is clear. Given the recent events at CCC – increased enrollment and University Center activities - our future looks very promising.

Happy New Year!