On February 27, 2019, Rowan University, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) and the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) came together to acknowledge a collaboration between the three institutions. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, GCIT Dance and Drama seniors will have the opportunity to pursue a seamless pathway from high school, to RCGC, and finally to degree completion at Rowan University through the Collegiate High School for the Performing Arts.
Under the leadership of Dr. Rick Dammers, Dean of the Rowan University College of Performing Arts, and Dr. Paul Rufino, Dean of Liberal Arts at RCGC, and in collaboration with GCIT's leadership team, foundational courses in performing arts will be offered at RCGC for dual credit to GCIT seniors. Students enrolled in the performing arts at GCIT will have the opportunity to enter into the Collegiate High School enabling a streamlined transition from high school, to RCGC, and ultimately to Rowan University.
"We were pleased to work closely with Rowan University and GCIT to create a seamless pathway for GCIT Dance and Drama students to move from their high school, to our own campus and subsequently to Rowan University to complete their education, saving them time and money while eliminating any confusion in the transfer process. The talent of these young people is undeniable and we look forward to doing our part to prepare them to make a mark on the world through their artistry."
This partnership affords GCIT students the ability to save time and money by earning up to 30 cost-free college credits while still in high school, experience a collegiate environment ahead of their peers, and utilize RCGC's recently renovated state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. Each student receives personalized advisement to ensure they are perfectly positioned to transfer into Rowan University's performing arts programs to complete their junior and senior years.
Background of Collegiate High School:
Collegiate High School is a dual enrollment agreement that offers college-level courses exclusively through RCGC in the senior year of high school. This opportunity is inclusive; all GCIT seniors are eligible to participate and can accumulate up to 30 college credits at no cost. Students who wish to earn more than 30 credits before high school graduation can enroll in RCGC's High School Option program, saving them 65 percent on college tuition and fees. The Collegiate High School program provides seniors with an alternative pathway to a quality education at significant cost savings. Course selection is based on individual and career goals, choice institution of higher learning, and the major/degree which they intend to pursue.