On Thursday, May 12, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) faculty and staff welcomed approximately 120 high school students, along with their family and friends, to the college’s inaugural High School Collegiate Scholars Ceremony. The ceremony highlighted the growing number of dedicated young men and women who have demonstrated academic excellence as students at
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RCGC while concurrently enrolled in high school.
At the conclusion of the spring 2016 semester, 345 students met the criteria to participate in the ceremony – having concurrently enrolled at RCGC while in high school, earned 12 or more credits and maintained a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Students from 10 public schools and 2 private schools were recognized: A.P Schalick, Clearview, Delsea, Deptford, Gloucester Catholic, GCIT, Kingsway, Pitman, St. Joseph’s, Washington Township, Williamstown and Woodbury. In addition, several area homeschooled students also met the criteria.
RCGC president, Dr. Frederick Keating, gave a warm welcome to those in attendance: “I am happy to welcome RCGC’s first official group of High School Collegiate Scholars. You have made an invaluable investment by attending RCGC at such a young age. This is a great place to start out, to study and to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your lives. Tonight we are here to celebrate who you are and everything you are about to become.”
Special recognition was given to Marissa Glaze, of Deptford Township – the 2016 Achievement Award Recipient and a student at both GCIT and RCGC. At GCIT, Glaze earned 30 college credits through the Academy of Allied Health & Medical Science. By the end of July, she will have earned another 37 credits though RCGC’s High School Options Program (HSOP), totaling 67 college credits. In August of this year, Glaze will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Science and plans to enter Jefferson University’s PACE program as a junior nursing student.
“This is a school of opportunity,” said Glaze as she stood at a podium in front of her peers. “As such, I encourage every student to look into and to take advantage of those opportunities.”
The guest speaker for the evening was Natalie Quindlen, of Sewell. She graduated from GCIT’s Academy of Allied Health & Medical Science in 2014. During her time at GCIT, Quindlen earned 77 college credits at Gloucester County College (now RCGC) through HSOP, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Upon her high school graduation, she was accepted as a junior into the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. In December 2015, Quindlen received her Bachelor of Science degree and is now working to earn her doctoral degree and apply to medical school. She estimates her participation in the Academy of Allied Health & Medical Science and HSOP has saved her more than $75,000 in college tuition
“About a year after I started at USciences, the dean of the School of Health Sciences approached me,” Quindlen shared with the audience. “She told me she was initially not sold on me being accepted at such a young age as a junior with a foundation of community college credits. She then proceeded to tell me how wrong she was and how my achievements in the program had made her rethink her previous biases against younger students and those with a community college background.”
With the rising cost of higher education an issue across the nation, Thursday’s group of bright young men and women are travelers on a path to affordable education. RCGC is committed to continuing to develop innovative and budget-minded avenues to make earning a college degree more accessible.
RCGC’s High School Options Program enables high school students age 15 and older to take general education courses at a 65% discount that can be applied to an associate degree program or easily transferred to other institutions of higher education. For more information on the program, please visit RCGC.edu/DesignYourFuture.
Rowan College at Gloucester County’s 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.