College community bustling even during the ‘quiet’ times

8/22/09


This is a deceptively quiet time at Cumberland County College.

The three summer sessions are over. Students took an array of courses for a variety of reasons. Some students were completing their CCC degree requirements. Some students at four-year colleges took summer courses to transfer credits back to their home colleges. High school graduates and other students enrolled in summer courses so they would be able to “hit the ground running” this fall semester.

The popular Summer Academy of Kids program ended last week. More that 300 children, ages 5 to 14, were educated and entertained in 1,200 different courses ranging from Theatre to Fun with DNA and Magic to Yoga. We look forward to seeing these energetic youngsters when they are ready to begin college.

This summer, CCC hosted a new county-wide career camp program for 33 residents, ages 18 to 24, interested in career opportunities in the fields of information technology, horticulture and health care. The campers attended a variety of career exploration classes, and they participated in "on the job" experiences that helped prepare them for future challenges, including attending college. The grant-funded program was administered by the Cumberland County Office of Employment and Training. The students will complete the program this Friday.

So most of the summer classes are over, but there’s still plenty of activity on campus. Last week, CCC’s Board of Trustees approved the hiring of new faculty and support staff in preparation for the fall semester. The admissions office is still bustling with activity – as it has since April - counseling and offering guidance to students who are registering for fall semester classes. The enrollment figures are very encouraging at this time for CCC and its University Center.

During this “quiet time” on campus, folks are working hard to complete projects they have been working on this summer. The common goal is to provide an outstanding educational atmosphere for our students.

New courses are being added to accommodate the needs of our growing student body. Trees are being trimmed, additional directional signs have been added, and sanitizers are being installed throughout the campus to prepare for the upcoming flu season. Interactive lecterns, loaded with state-of-the-art classroom technology, have been installed as well as 100 new computers and wireless technology throughout the campus. This is one to the busiest times for our custodial employees, who refinish floors and perform a myriad of miracles to maintain the beauty of our campus.

But the year-round diligence by the college community is certainly worthwhile because the magic begins every fall semester, when several thousand students start to travel on the journey that is higher education. Our students will discover new dreams, and then they will learn how to make these dreams realities.

And their success will strengthen our community.