Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) faculty, students and staff joined county officials and Gloucester County Institute of
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Seated are Michael Dicken, GCIT Superintendent; Dr. Frederick Keating, RCGC President; Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to Workforce Development Board; Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Liaison to Education.
Standing are current students and upcoming graduates of the Youth Education and Career Center at GCIT
Technology (GCIT) administrators to announce a new RCGC scholarship created to support a post-secondary educational pathway for youth ages 16-24 years old. RCGC will provide two students attending the Youth Education & Career Center at GCIT with $1,000 scholarships.
Dr. Frederick Keating, RCGC President; Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Liaison to Education; Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to the Workforce Development Board and Michael Dicken, GCIT Superintendent were all present on Wednesday, April 13 to sign this scholarship into place.
“A deep commitment to Gloucester County and its students has been at the heart of Rowan College at Gloucester County’s mission throughout the institution’s history,” said Keating. “We are pleased at the opportunity to extend these scholarships to students of the Youth Education Career Center at GCIT and to deepen our partnership with a program that offers students an alternative path to success.”
GCIT Superintendent Michael Dicken was equally enthusiastic about the benefits this partnership will extend to the Center’s students: “On behalf of the students who attend the Youth Education Center at GCIT, we would like to thank Rowan College at Gloucester County and President Keating for their generosity. Providing these scholarships will allow the students in this program to continue on their educational journey, broaden their pathway to postsecondary education and motivate them to continue to reach for the stars. We are proud to be part of the inclusive community of RCGC and Gloucester County as a whole.”
The Youth Education Career Center was established to provide the young people in Gloucester County with an easily accessible way to become an integral part of the community. The Center provides students who have withdrawn from high school with an alternative path to acquire their GED/High School Equivalency and offers guidance toward employment options, additional education and industry-recognized training programs.
“Traditional high school does not always work for everyone, but everyone deserves a chance to succeed,” explained Freeholder Director Robert Damminger. “The Youth Education Career Center is Gloucester County’s only ‘second chance’ to help youth that have dropped out of traditional high school find a pathway to a successful career in adulthood.”
“Our latest performance numbers are higher than the state average and we have assisted more than 50 students in attaining their high school equivalency over the last 18 months,” added Simmons, liaison to the Workforce Development Board. “Both students and their parents are thrilled with the education and career opportunities provided by this youth program.”
RCGC has worked closely with the Center and GCIT to develop training programs and curriculum based on industry intelligence that will align students’ abilities with industry needs. Youth Education students have full access to the College’s library, are encouraged to attend Open House events and job fairs held on RCGC’s campus and receive regular visits from RCGC Continuing Education and Career Advancement Center representatives outlining available educational, training and certification programs. The College is currently working in cooperation with Rowan University, the Workforce Development Board, the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce and the Talent Networks to identify additional training programs that would be developed with local industry in mind and provide a nationally-recognized certification upon completion.
“The partnerships that we have between educational institutions and our Workforce Development team give many youth an opportunity that they otherwise may not have,” noted Barnes, liaison to Education. “We are grateful that Rowan College at Gloucester County will offer two $1,000 scholarships to two students attending the Youth Education Career Center at GCIT. The affiliation of the program with RCGC will provide opportunities for our students to attend the College.”
Rowan College at Gloucester County’s 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 or Route 55.