Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) and the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) signed a dual enrollment agreement on Friday, Oct. 24 allowing high school students to pursue a full college course load during their senior year at significant cost savings.
Designed for ambitious students, this exclusive partnership facilitates the transition to higher education, making the process easier while saving time and money. Students enrolled in the GCIT Collegiate High School Program can earn an additional 30 college credits at a discounted tuition and fee rate and also have the opportunity to explore potential fields of interest. All coursework offered will be transferable to most four-year institutions. Some students, depending on their Academy program, have the potential to earn an associate degree prior to high school graduation.
GCIT is the first area high school to offer a shared senior year in conjunction with Rowan College. In addition, its students will have direct access to the RCGC Center for College and Career Readiness. This single point of service provides high school students with personalized career counseling and free financial aid and test preparation workshops.
"Rowan College at Gloucester County's mission is to provide all students with access to higher education," said Dr. Frederick Keating, college president. "We offer educational and career services with quality and affordability in mind. The bright young men and women of GCIT will be challenged, helping them to grow academically, professionally and personally, as they begin their college career."
"We are excited and proud to participate in this partnership with Rowan College at Gloucester County. It offers unprecedented opportunities for GCIT students to attain up to 30 college credits on the Rowan College campus during their senior year," said Michael C. Dicken, superintendent of the Gloucester County Vocational Technical School District. "Ambitious, emerging scholars can combine those with 30 concurrent college-high school credits and graduate with a high school diploma and 60 college credits at the same time."
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "For more than a decade the Gloucester County Freeholders have supported major physical and programmatic expansions to GCIT so that our students would have the best opportunities when they completed their high school career. This agreement between GCIT and RCGC will give our students another resource to excel in their life after GCIT and be integrated members of a college community."
Freeholder and Liaison to Education Lyman Barnes said, "What we are doing today is providing students with an alternative pathway to a quality education at significant cost savings. Collegiate High School is an opportunity for students who choose this route to embrace the academic challenges of college while maintaining the social aspects of high school."
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.