During the week of Oct.
17, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) joined 18 other community
colleges for the fourth annual New Jersey Community College Completion
Challenge (NJC4), a statewide initiative to increase awareness about the
importance of earning a degree. The campaign was created to encourage students
to complete their associate degrees, successfully transfer to four-year
colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree and enter careers that
provide family-sustaining wages.
Student leaders in Phi
Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, organized
both informational and social activities with guest speakers, giveaways and
advising sessions. Each of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges received a $1,000
grant to support the NJC4 project. Partners for these events included the New
Jersey Education Association (NJEA), Kean University, Rutgers University–Newark
and the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges (NJCCC) Center for Student
“NJC4 is a week of activities designed to inspire
students to recognize the importance of earning a college degree and take the
pledge. We are all in this together. One student can motivate another,” stated Phi
Theta Kappa Advisor John Ortiz. “This year, RCGC was selected to be one of the
community colleges featured in a statewide video, adding to the overall
“I strongly urge my
friends to sign the pledge because I would like them to be successful,” said
Kendra Nelson, class of 2017. “It is difficult nowadays for people to complete
their college degree. You might be working. You might have a family. You might
have trouble balancing all the things in your life going on and your classes.”
A series of campus-based activities,
which included presentations from Rutgers University’s School of Environmental
Science and Columbia University representatives, “Get On the Van” field trips
to Rutgers University–Camden and Stockton University, and information on
transferring to four-year institutions, helped to raise awareness and motivate
students to sign pledges to complete their degrees and certificates. Since NJC4
began in 2013, more than 30,000 students have signed pledges.
In three years, New Jersey has
become a national leader in student completion initiatives, with other states,
including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C.
consulting with the New Jersey Center for Student Success to begin their own
similar statewide campaigns.
To view RCGC’s NJC4 video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DZ9XCIxz0w&feature=youtu.be.
Rowan College at Gloucester County
is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of