Welcome to Rowan College of South Jersey. On behalf of the
faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to introduce a new regional college, academically
designed to transform higher education in New Jersey. This pioneering, hybrid
institution provides students with more choices, including the option to pursue
advanced degrees at Rowan University and other four-year universities, without
ever leaving the Rowan College of South Jersey campuses.
For more than five decades, Rowan College at Gloucester
County and Cumberland County College have provided students with affordable and
accessible options to prepare them for careers within their chosen field. On
July 1, 2019, these two colleges merged to mark an important milestone in the
history of community colleges — the creation of a regional college in southern
New Jersey. Together these two campuses offer more than 120 unique degrees and
certificates, combining 100 years of experience to provide a variety of degree
selections, cost-saving initiatives, and scholarship and internship
opportunities, at one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
The merger of these two community colleges, in conjunction
with an expanded 10-year premier partnership agreement with Rowan University,
leads the way to a future filled with diverse and one-of-a-kind educational opportunities.
Ambitious teenage students seeking a head start on their college studies can
take classes and save money with high school dual enrollment programs,
including “Rowan High School Start” and the High School Option Program (HSOP);
two successful collaborations between Rowan College of South Jersey and local
high schools. Through exclusive programs like Rowan Choice and “3+1” degree
offerings, the education cost savings are substantial and students can easily
transition to Rowan University for a bachelor’s degree. Academic and
workforce-training programs ensure the availability of skilled employees,
answering both professional and community needs.
Thanks to close-working relationships and affiliations with
local chambers of commerce, businesses and workforce development, students and employees
have the chance to further enrich their educational goals. Academically, students
learn experientially through internships and cooperative education. Workforce
professionals have the flexibility to earn industry-valued stacking credentials,
allowing them to become marketable faster while providing “stop out” points
depending on the certificate or degree desired.
The exciting connection between education, business and
labor also extends into the medical field. The 27 miles along Route 55 between
Rowan College of South Jersey’s Gloucester and Cumberland campuses integrates
education, medical services and commerce to establish South Jersey’s first EDs,
MEDs & Commerce Corridor. Our premier partnership with Rowan University — a
research university with two medical schools — and future campus construction intended
to house both public and private medical, labor and business entities, will continue
to increase the academic advantages for our students while benefitting economic
development in the South Jersey region.
I am extremely honored to have the privilege to serve as
Rowan College of South Jersey’s first president and encourage you to explore
the wide range of educational alternatives accessible to everyone. No matter
what your goals and no matter where you are in your education and life, Rowan
College of South Jersey is prepared to meet the needs of South Jersey students.