Energy Marks the Beginning of Spring Semester
Br Dr. Kenneth L. Ender, President
Yesterday the spring semester began at Cumberland County College. And even though it began in the middle of winter, it actually felt like spring. It was exciting to feel the energy of an engaged campus, the hustle and bustle of students and staff, and the anticipation of those first meetings between the students and their professors, which mark the beginning of a new semester.
This is a year of new beginnings for the college. January brought the beginning of Dr. Thomas Isekenegbes tenure at CCC. Dr. Isekenegbe will serve as the colleges vice president for academic affairs and enrollment services. Thomas comes to us from Sussex County Community College where he served as associate dean for academic affairs. He is moving to Cumberland County with his wife Pat and three daughters. We are confident that he will be a wonderful new asset for the college and for our community. Join us in welcoming him and his family!
The college will also begin three new programs this spring. In March, the college will open community technology centers in Vineland, Bridgeton and Port Norris. Funded through a federal grant, the centers will provide computer access and training for low-income residents.
The Cumberland County Literacy Institute will soon begin operations with its first full-time director. Funded by a grant from the First Union Regional Foundation, the center will enable the college to provide personalized literacy education programs for our residents.
And in mid-spring the college will open the Clay College in Millville, adding to the Millville Arts District theme. Credit and continuing education students alike will learn ceramics from a top-notch staff.
We will also begin a significant construction program on the campus this year. Approximately $14 million in construction projects will begin in 2002. In the fall, we will break ground for the Luciano Family Center for Public Service and Leadership, a first-class conference center for both the college and the county. It will adjoin the Frank Guarancini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center.
We will also begin construction of the Enrollment Services Center that will be incorporated into the existing Student Center, providing a centralized campus facility for all enrollment and student services. Students will literally have a one-stop facility to conduct all of their campus-wide business, as well as have a home in between classes for recreation, meals, socializing and conducting meetings of student organizations.
A distance learning facility will be attached to the library this year, and we will be expanding the power plant to assure all of our facilities provide a pleasant atmosphere for students, staff and visitors. Coupled with the construction already taking place in the neighborhood for the new hospital, College Drive will be a busy place!
All of these initiatives will add needed infrastructure to our county and our college. They support the colleges themes of Leadership, Learning and Literacy. Through these programs and construction projects we are continuing to build a strong foundation to support economic and cultural development across Cumberland County. We continue to make no little plans. We are excited about these new beginnings, and trust that you are as well.