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Developing new pathways for community college students

Ensuring that community colleges can better support students in pursuit and completion of college credentials is a central focus of AACC’s 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.

R-FH’s Dave Frick: Counselor of County

“I truly believe in going above and beyond what is required for membership in any organization, and that what is accomplished outside of the school building is important for students as well.”

Four Students From Local Community Colleges Selected As Merit Scholars

Four Middlesex County College students – Joseph Powell (Piscataway), Moya Stewart-Gray (New Brunswick), Paola Calero (Parlin), Zuri Ramos (Milltown) were among 16 Merit Scholars named by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey.Each year, the R&D Council awards scholarships to outstanding community college students studying in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field. To become a Merit Scholar, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or greater, a STEM major, extracurricular activities, financial need and post-graduation career goals.

NJ Cheetahs to host summer softball invitational in Allentown

Teams from as far as Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland, as well as New York and Pennsylvania, will compete in the first Cheetah Super 12 Summer Invitational for fastpitch softball teams with players under 18 years old from June 13-16 at Allentown. It will give added exposure to the New Jersey Cheetahs, which founder, coach and director Dave Dominici is determined to make “an elite program on the East Coast.” The tournament is part of a month-long series of weekend showcases around New Jersey before the team travels in July to tournaments in Aurora, Colo.; Binghamton, N.Y., and Sterling, Va., with hopes of also heading to Hunting …

Community Colleges: Separate and Unequal

When you think of higher education in America, you likely picture places such as Harvard or Stanford with ivy-covered brick libraries or the large state universities with passionate alumni and impressive sports programs. But in fact, many more students – almost half of those in post-secondary schooling – attend our nation’s community colleges; low-cost two –year institutions that seek to serve large numbers of the aspiring middle-class. Because we know that education is the single biggest factor in determining employment prospects and moving up the economic ladder, how we view, fund and run our community colleges matters.

BCC men’s lacrosse team makes Region XIX history

The Brookdale Community College men’s lacrosse team welcomes all the pressures that go with being Region XIX’s dominant team. “We embrace being the team in the region everyone wants to beat,” head coach Steve Heller said. “The sophomores don’t want to be the first ones to give it back and break the chain.”The Jersey Blues’ 2013 sophomore class did not give the title back, leading Brookdale to its fourth straight region crown on April 27 and defeating Delaware Technical Community College, 11-5, on their home field in Lincroft.

Funding roundup

Brookdale Community College will help train a pipeline of highly-skilled cybersecurity workers using a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant. Working with the SANS Institute, the Cyber Aces Foundation and Counter Hack Challenges, Brookdale will create the New Jersey CyberCenter.

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