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Rowan College at Gloucester County

RCGC Promotes College Completion With NJC4 Initiative

College Relations, Communications, and Marketing
Deptford Twp.
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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 Success.

 “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 excitement.”

“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 Route 55.

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