VINELAND – Cumberland County
College, on June 28, took another step toward its jointure with Rowan College
at Gloucester County with a signing ceremony by the college’s Board of Trustees
to close the 52-year-old institution.
and local government officials, administrators, educators, civic and business
leaders, and members of the Cumberland County College community gathered to witness
the historic occasion. The jointure is the first of its kind in New Jersey.
signing was followed by a preview of what will become, on July 1, one regional,
dual-campus institution known as Rowan College of South Jersey.
County College and Rowan College at Gloucester County have each earned
reputations for being at the forefront of education for more than five decades.
By redefining the structure of higher education, Rowan College South Jersey
will benefit students, residents and employers by offering greater
opportunities, more choices, and enhanced learning experiences.
the combining of the two colleges, Rowan College of South Jersey students will
benefit from more full-time faculty, more laboratories, and the potential for
increased scholarship opportunities.
jointure will allow the Cumberland campus to combine its programs and
opportunities with another strong community college--Rowan College at
Gloucester County,” said Dr. Shelly Schneider, Cumberland’s interim president.
“We are fortunate to have dedicated faculty and staff to help prepare our
students for their future. This certainly was a team effort from both
sides—with each county’s freeholders, the trustee boards, and members of our
look forward to hearing of the many successes that will come as a result of the
vision of all those involved,” she added.
merger will bring to Rowan College of South Jersey more than 120 combined,
unique degree and certification programs—9 of which are fully online. Students
residing in Cumberland or Gloucester counties will not pay out-of-county fees,
regardless of which campus they select.
innovative “3+1” partnership with Rowan University will make earning a
bachelor’s degree more affordable by allowing students in select majors to
complete their first three years at the
community college cost, and their final year at the university rate. The
program follows Rowan University course curriculum with 300-level classes
taught by Rowan College of South Jersey advanced-degree faculty.
College South Jersey students will have access to the “Rowan Work & Learn”
program which features internship opportunities and stackable credentials that
prepare graduates to enter high-demand career fields.
merger is projected to stimulate future economic growth for Cumberland and
Gloucester counties with the creation of South Jersey’s only EDs, MEDs and
Commerce Corridor along Route 55 which, with community partners, will offer
education, medical and workforce training programs.
July 1, Cumberland County College and Rowan College at Gloucester County will
merge to mark an important milestone in the history of our state community
colleges—the creation of a regional college in southern New Jersey,” stated Dr.
Frederick Keating, president of Rowan College at Gloucester County. “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. Together these
two campuses will provide students with a variety of degree selections,
cost-saving initiatives, and scholarship and internship opportunities, at one
of the lowest tuition rates in the state.”
becoming one of the first Rowan College of South Jersey students. We can help
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