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Brookdale Newsroom


Courses focus on new fields

Monmouth County residents looking to ready themselves for jobs in new or growing fields have four new options this fall at Brookdale Community College.
New for the 2013-14 academic year is a national security studies track, a communication disorders option, a criminal justice certificate, and a social media certificate that can be earned entirely online. The social media certificate, an entirely online program, teaches the skills needed to build or expand a business through social media, according to a press release. Three new classes developed for the program teach how to identify an audience, develop a compelling message, manage a brand, measure effectiveness and avoid common social network pitfalls.

Community colleges are poised to do more

As I review the report from the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, one significant realization keeps occurring to me: community colleges have finally come of age in America. There’s a reason that President Obama singled out community colleges in his graduation initiative, and has made funding them a key priority of his administration. We are accessible and affordable. More and more people are coming to understand that some of the best values in higher education are right in their own back yards. Community colleges help to sustain the entrepreneurial spirit that so many in mid-size to small communities depend upon, fueling increased job creation.

Joan Myers’ ART & MOVEMENT Photo Exhibit on View at Anytime Dance Studio/Gallery of the Arts, 8/17-9/7

An exhibit of images by Joan B. Myers, award-winning photographer and Long Branch native, will be on display from August 17 through Sept 7, 2013 at Anytime Dance Studio/ Gallery of the Arts. Joan would like you to envision photography and dance as sharing the common element of movement. Joan is known for composition and design that moves you into the photograph, so plan on stepping into each photograph and escaping from reality for a moment. An example of movement in photography is three time award-winner, “Snowy Excitement.” The judge stated “Photographer took a landscape and made it about snow and movement…

The Gates Effect

In Bill and Melinda Gates’s vision for higher education, more students will get a college experience similar to Terry Crosgrove’s.
Each morning, Mr. Crosgrove clocks in for the 5:30 a.m. shift packaging Slim Jims at a ConAgra plant in Troy, Ohio. On days off, he chips away at an associate degree offered through an experimental online program at Southern New Hampshire University. The low-cost, self-paced education lacks courses and traditional professors. Instead, students progress by showing mastery of 120 “competencies,” such as “can use logic, reasoning, and analysis to address a business problem.”

Cyndy Friedland to Lead New Jersey Business and Professional Women

Cyndy Friedland was recently elected to a second term as president of the Business and Professional Women of New Jersey at the organization’s recent statewide conference at Monmouth University. The Manahawkin resident is a real estate associate with Oceanside Realty, covering areas in Surf City and Harvey Cedars. Friedland is a founder and former president of Congregation Sha’arey Hay-A , which originated in Barnegat Township and now holds services at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Manahawkin. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County. Friedland has also served as vice president and president of the Southern Ocean County BPW chapter.

Students With Credentials Fare Better as Transfers From Community Colleges

Students who transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions having already earned either a certificate or an associate degree are more likely to make it to the finish line, especially if they plow straight through rather than take time off, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report is based on a study of the six-year outcomes of students who started at two-year colleges and transferred to four-year institutions during the 2005-6 academic year. Those who completed certificates or associate degrees before transferring had a better chance of coming out with a bachelor’s degree: 72 percent of them earned B.A.’s…

Monmouth County librarian’s job is to help others find their own careers

For 15 years, Charles Gross worked in very physical jobs — commercial landscaping for a decade, followed by a few years as a carpenter, then a boat builder. The wear and tear on his body prompted him to find a less physically demanding line of work. Without a college degree or much other experience under his weather-beaten belt, it was a challenge that would be daunting to some people. But not to Gross. Today, Gross is a librarian at the Monmouth County Library System’s Eastern Branch on Route 35 in Shrewsbury. His specialty is the library’s Career Information Center, where he assists people looking for a career change or new employment locate information they need on a computer and among stacks of books and periodicals.

Lifelong lifeguard still in his chair after 50 summers at the Jersey Shore

Mike Fowler’s lifeguard crew may not be the only one on the Jersey Shore with a dress code, but his people really do walk around with their T-shirts tucked in.
He regulates their hair. “It doesn’t have to be short, but it has to be neat,” said Fowler, who keeps his at Army length and is known on the beach as Spike. “Conservative” is how his regulation manual states it, with “no lines or decorative patterns” cut down to the scalp. He regulates their jewelry. “None. And no piercings. No belly button rings or nipple rings or tongue things, or anywhere else. Not on my beach.” Tattoos? “Tattoos are fine,” he said, then lifted the left sleeve of his red T-shirt with GUARD in black letters on the back to show a photo-realistic tat of him rowing a surf boat over a breaking wave…


The family question is that of native Jerseyan Cissy Houston and her internationally famous daughter, the late Whitney Houston. The speaker is Gilda Rogers — author, activist, adjunct prof at Brookdale Community College, former faculty member at Red Bank Regional High School — and, for several seasons in Red Bank, the proprietor of a delightfully eclectic place called Frank Talk. The intimately scaled “Art Bistro and Bookstore” on Shrewsbury Avenue hosted an expansive schedule of entertainments and activities that ranged from personal appearances by famous writers, live jazz sets and civic debates to pie-tastings, yoga classes, hair stylings …

House passes student-loan bill lowering rates—for now

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would reverse a recent hike in federal student loan interest rates, lowering them to 3.86 percent for undergraduates in the new school year. The House voted 392-31 in favor of the bill that will switch interest rates to a market-based system. The bill pegs interest rates on student loans to the 10-year Treasury note plus 2.05 percentage points for undergraduates, and plus 3.6 percentage points for graduate loans. That means rates will initially be low for new borrowers but could go up if the economy improves. Interest rates on student loans automatically doubled on July 1 to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent after Congress failed to meet the deadline to prevent the rate increase.

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