There’s plenty to discover past CCC’s entrance signs on College Drive

9/29/09


Hundreds of cars and trucks ride every day on College Drive, a road that loops from Delsea Drive to Sherman Avenue. The vehicles pass the Cumberland County College entrance signs as their drivers proceed to the Cumberland Mall, Route 55 or scores of other destinations.

Many of the drivers and passengers don’t realize that there’s a vibrant world beyond the entrance signs. Those who are not students or stake holders may not be aware of the miracles that occur on campus every day.

Paul Navone used to be one of our county’s residents who drove by the college often, not knowing what existed beyond the entrance signs. And then he was given a campus tour about two years ago.

A retired quality control specialist, Mr. Navone discovered that CCC’s campus really is a special place that offers programs, services and events for a diverse community. During his visit, Mr. Navone talked with students and professors, strolled throughout the beautiful, park-like campus and viewed equipment demonstrations in the modern buildings.

After his tour, Mr. Navone was compelled to donate $1 million to support the healthcare career education pathway in which students prepare to enter “make a difference” careers in nursing, radiography and other health-related professions. Today, students can receive a first-rate education in the Paul Navone Healthcare Education Center.

More and more residents are making the turns at the CCC entrance signs, rather than speeding by on College Drive. Enrollment has grown steadily during the past decade. Last week, the Daily Journal reported that – for the first time in the college’s 43-year history - the 4,000th student registered for fall semester courses.

The winner of the “student in the right place at the right time” is Michelle Oliver, a flight attendant and mother of three grown children. Ms. Oliver is a wonderful representative of the college’s diverse student population, which mirrors the population in Cumberland County. She is a returning adult with a career and a family who is continuing her education with the goal of becoming a registered nurse.

CCC offers something of interest for almost everyone. In addition to taking courses, residents can attend entertainment events in the Guaracini Arts Center and hold top-notch organizational meetings at the Luciano Conference Center.

So if you haven’t yet made the turn on College Drive into CCC’s campus, we invite you to contact us at 856-691-8986 or visit www.cccnj.edu. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what’s offered at your neighborhood community college.