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Brookdale’s Fashion Merchandising Club Donates Dresses

Students from BrookdaleCommunity College’s Fashion Merchandising Club recently donated 200 formal dresses and gowns to the Long Branch Thrift Boutique of Family & Children’s Service (FCS) whose mission is to serve people at vulnerable times in their lives through education, intervention, care and counseling. The donation was the result of a two-month collection drive organized by the club and supported by Brookdale’s Office of Student Life and Activities.

Most Brookdale faculty net pay cuts in Sandy’s wake

Brookdale Community College faculty members have negotiated a contract in which they’ll see a 1 percent raise this year, down from 4 percent three years ago, with many employees effectively taking a pay cut once health care costs are factored in. The three-year pact calls for a raise of 1 percent the first year and 2 percent each succeeding year, said Patricia L. Sensi, dean of Human Resources for the Lincroft-based college with extension centers in Freehold, Neptune, Long Branch, Hazlet and Wall townships. Once health care premiums are factored into the current contract, however, many faculty members actually will take in less pay …

MC Teens Graduate From Sheriff’s Youth Week

It was not an ordinary week of summer camp for the 126 recruits who participated in the 21st Annual Sheriff Youth Week, which began on July 8 and ended July 12, with a formal graduation. The challenging program, held at the Monmouth County Police Academy, provides high school aged students a unique opportunity to explore interests in law enforcement through police academy style training, exercise programs and instructional sessions. “I commend the entire Sheriff Youth Week class for staying the course and completing this intensive week of law enforcement training,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden.

County Seeking Employers for Sept. 20 Job Fair

Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Job Fair scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20. The event is free for employers to reserve a table and for jobseekers to attend. The 2013 Monmouth County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at the Brookdale Community College Recreation and Events Center, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. Last year’s job fair attracted more than 100 employers and an estimated 1,200 jobseekers. This year, employers in categories such as healthcare, government, retail, security, technology, manufacturing and sales are expected …

Nutley: Library Events July 11

Local artist Robert Parker’s photography exhibit will be on display throughout the month of July and will feature large, vivid photographs from around the world. Parker’s exhibit will focus on the, “Art of Seeing” as the theme for this show. He chooses this theme because, “Seeing” is where all photography begins. Parker states, “From the broad scene before his eyes, the photographer must focus on that small portion that offers artistic balance—a portion in which light, balance, color, and simplicity come together to create an artistic whole.

Creativity in Education

I was recently asked to answer a number of questions about creativity in education by the editor of an upcoming book on the subject. The questions stimulated my thinking on the link between creativity and education. I became concerned with two major questions:
1. Is creativity a goal to strive for in (higher) education? If so, how do we measure it? 2. What are classroom strategies for improving creativity? Tackling the first question, the obvious answer is YES, creativity is one of the goals of education in general. and of higher education just as well.

Report Calls for Better Federal Data to Help Students With College Choices

The federal government’s efforts to track student-loan-default rates and graduation rates are sending some students down the wrong path, according to a report released on Tuesday. In the report, Education Sector, an education-policy group, calls on the U.S. Department of Education to pair the default rates and graduation rates, instead of releasing the numbers separately, to arm potential students with more-complete information. The report, “In Debt and in the Dark: It’s Time for Better Information on Student-Loan Defaults,” by Education Sector’s research director, Andrew Gillen, also highlights colleges where default rates exceed…

Higher-Ed Groups Unveil Alternative to Federal Student-Success Measures

Six major higher-education associations have teamed up to develop a new method of measuring student success that provides a more comprehensive look at how students progress through college and how many of them eventually graduate. Beginning on Monday, colleges seeking a voluntary alternative to the federal government’s method of calculating completion can sign on to the Student Achievement Measure. Using information from the National Student Clearinghouse, they will be able to post data that includes graduation rates for transfer students and, for two-year colleges, those attending part time.

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