By Rochelle Hendricks Secretary of Higher Education
Huddled together with colleagues in the State Police emergency management headquarters in West Trenton during the first hours after Superstorm Sandy, I made calls and sent emails to assess student and staff safety and security needs, property damage to campuses, academic challenges across the State, and to identify temporary shelters. What emerged was the readiness, the eagerness to volunteer in service to those persons and communities in need.
We dealt with immediate crises. Power outages. Roads blocked by fallen trees. Shortages of food and water. As we worked to solve problems, a clearer picture began to emerge – a picture of a higher education community pulling together, protecting its students and serving the community.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges would like to express appreciation to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office for their support of College Readiness Now and College Credit Now Work. The $1 million in State funding supported a wide variety of college readiness programming and college credit programming throughout New Jersey.
The grant cycle ran from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. We are pleased to submit this report, which captures student success outcomes and partnerships between community colleges and high school. Grant-related expenditures are also provided.
College Readiness Now III (CRN III) programming focused on helping 11th and 12th grade high school students become college ready by eliminating or reducing the need for developmental coursework. Preference was giving to those living below the poverty line. All participants were exposed to student success initiatives targeting skills necessary for successful transition into the college setting.
“Being the first university to implement the IBM Skills Academy Program aligns with NJIT’s history of engagement with industry, which has resulted in dramatic impacts on economic development and has helped prepare our graduates for uncommon career success,” said NJIT President Joel Bloom at an event that formalized the partnership on Thursday.