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Brookdale fashion students help raise funds for nonprofit

Students with Brookdale Community College’s Fashion Merchandising Club recently donated 200 formal dresses and gowns to the Long Branch Thrift Boutique of Family & Children’s Service (FCS). 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.

N.J. lawmakers mull tuition-free higher education system

While a plan to study a radical alternative for financing college education is being trumpeted by a pair of South Jersey Democratic lawmakers as long overdue, the proposed legislation has its share of unanswered questions.

Community colleges play a key role in urban rebirth

The commercial center of Eugene, Ore., had been in decline for many years. The population was shrinking, and there were many large empty stores that had been vacant since a suburban mall was built in the 1970s.

Free Workshop for Businesses Impacted by Sandy

Small business owners impacted by Sandy are invited to attend a free workshop in Hazlet on Tuesday for information and tools to help recover, improve and safeguard local businesses.

Birds, Bugs and Beyond is Aug. 24

Monmouth County Master Gardener program is holding a “Birds, Bugs and Beyond” extravaganza where children can explore nature through live performances, games, crafts and displays from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building, 4000 Kozloski Rd.

VNACJ Asbury Park community health center celebrates health center week

VNACJ Asbury Park Community Health Center is marking National Health Center Week 2013 (NHCW) with a free day of health event on Friday, August 16th from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. as part of a weeklong campaign (August 11-17) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care. The event will have many partners to help celebrate health week and provide resources and education including Horizon NJ Health, Prevention First, Brookdale Community College, Bayshore Wellness Center and Prevention Resource Network.Free health screenings, derma scans and HIV Rapid testing will be provided. Education regarding alcohol abuse, substance abuse, violence, and Brookdale…

‘Side Effects May Vary’ at Long Branch library ‘

Steve Coté is not your run-of-the-mill artist. Drawing inspiration from such seemingly disparate influences as Salvador Dalí, British artist Ralph Steadman and the world of street art, Coté is developing a reputation for his imaginative use of mixed media and a growing body of stark, colorful and textladen work. He’s also a full-time landscaper, a Brookdale Community College student, and 20 years old. “I’ve been drawing and into artistic stuff my whole life,” said Coté, of West Allenhurst. “I always saw people that were good at drawing naturally, and I was always terrible at drawing. I wanted to learn how to be good, so I just drew all the time.”

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.

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