Cumberland County College, community moving forward with 2012-2017 Strategic Plan

by Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe

We are building a community of partnerships as the Cumberland County College moves forward with the implementation of a five-year strategic plan, which was publicly launched this month. The plan’s three Directions include student engagement and completion, leadership and service learning, and workforce and economic development.

The 2012-2017 Strategic Plan is a GPS for strengthening our community by providing opportunities for people to improve their lives through education. Please note that I didn’t refer to this as Cumberland County College’s Strategic Plan. No, this plan is the result of a collaborative effort by college and community leaders.

We began the strategic planning process about two years ago. And last September, college and community leaders convened at Cumberland County College to attend a day-long strategic planning assembly to share their ideas for moving the college and community forward during the next five years.

The ideas generated at the September strategic planning assembly – more than 60 ideas were recorded – provided guidance for preparing the three Directions and 10 Goals in the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, which was approved by the CCC Board of Trustees in December.

During the next five years, college and community leaders will work together to implement many of the fresh perspectives offered at the assembly.

Some of the plan’s goals include increasing the college readiness of entering students, increasing the number of students completing gatekeeper courses such a English and math, and increasing the number of students earning degrees.

The plan calls for collaborating with community groups to integrate service learning into CCC’s programs. And to enhance economic development, the college will partner with businesses, industries and community groups to implement entrepreneurial initiatives.

I think we have created a great 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, but this is just the beginning of our journey. We must work together to transform the ideas generated by local leaders and the college community into real, vibrant programs and services that will change students’ lives forever.

Since the college’s and county’s futures are intertwined, we need our leaders to continue sharing their expertise and time as we move forward as a team, preparing residents for success in the 21st century.

To view the entire plan, please visit or call 856-691-8600, ext. 239.