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Register to Attend NJ CAR Academy’s Summer Enrichment Program

The NJ CAR Academy’s first annual Summer Enrichment Program is an incredibly informative two-day “training camp” that will be held August 13-14, 2013 (8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day) at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. As you can see by the course descriptions enclosed with this NewsLetter, the Summer Enrichment Program boasts 20 different half-day classes featuring a wide variety of experts in their respective fields.This NJ CAR Academy Program offers valuable training for employees in virtually every department in your …

Free Courses for a Big Problem

Free online courses have run into a backlash of late. But a handful of community colleges may have found a way to dial up open-source content to help tackle one of higher education’s thorniest problems: remedial education. The two-year colleges aren’t offering massive open online courses as substitutes for their offerings, however, or for the instructors who teach them. They have created their own online content, sometimes tapping free lectures from the Khan Academy or other sources.

The Gender Lens

There’s no shortage of explanations for the so-called crisis in the humanities, and more have come to light since the publication of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ recent “Heart of the Matter” report on the topic. But one higher education blogger’s unconventional explanation – that the humanities drain is more about women’s equality than a devaluation of the humanities – is gaining particular interest from longtime advocates of the humanities, as well as some criticism.

Pray we’ll all be safe from those who text and drive

“We all do it,” one of my Brookdale students announced during class discussion recently when we were researching the dangers of texting while driving. Many heads nodded sheepishly in agreement. They know it’s dangerous; they’ve heard the statistics on the huge increase in the likelihood of causing an accident. But they do it anyway.
This worries me a lot as a driver. I see them doing it all the time, and not just young drivers. The cartoon on my office door shows a bumper sticker that reads…

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 …

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