Beginning Monday, October, 17, New Jersey’s 19 community colleges will hold the fourth annual New Jersey Community College Completion Challenge (NJC4), a statewide initiative to increase awareness about the importance of completing associate degrees and certificates.
NJC4 is a campaign created to increase the number of students at community colleges completing their associate degrees and certificates so that they can successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor’s degrees, and enter careers that provide family-sustaining wages. Partners for these events include the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), Kean University, Rutgers University-Newark, and the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ (NJCCC) Center for Student Success.
During the week of Oct. 17 to 21, each community college will hold a series of campus-based college completion activities with the goal of raising awareness and encouraging students to sign the completion pledge. Since NJC4 began in 2013, over 30,000 students have signed the pledge to complete their degrees and certificates.
Sussex County Community College will be participating in the week long events starting on Monday, October 17 at 12:05 a.m. with a Banner and Commitment signing; Tuesday, October 18 at 10:50 a.m. will be Guest Speaker, Jen Croneberger; Wednesday, October 19 at 12:05 a.m. will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day; Thursday, October 20 is our Transfer Excitement Day at 10:50 a.m. All events will take place in the Student Center Galleria.
“We are excited about NJC4 at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence A. Nespoli. “Partnering on NJC4 with the New Jersey Education Association, Kean University and Rutgers University-Newark helps our 19 community colleges’ Phi Theta Kappa Chapters inform students about the importance of staying in school to earn a college credential.”
NJEA, Kean University and Rutgers University-Newark have provided grants to each Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the 19 community colleges to help offset the cost of NJC4 events and activities.
“NJEA is happy to once again partner with New Jersey’s 19 community colleges to support the NJC4 initiative that encourages students to persevere, succeed and ultimately achieve the credentials necessary to be successful members of New Jersey’s workforce,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer.
“As a Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll school, Kean University is proud to support associate degree completion programs like NJC4 as an important step toward receiving a bachelor’s degree and ultimately student success,” said Kean University President Dr. Dawood Farahi.
“Rutgers University-Newark is excited to continue to strengthen its relationship with New Jersey’s community colleges, and NJC4 is a great opportunity to provide hardworking students with the tools, knowledge and encouragement to best achieve long-term academic success,” said Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs and Services at Rutgers University-Newark Dr. John Gunkel.
You can follow NJC4 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #NJC4 and watch a short video.
In three years, New Jersey has become a national leader in student completion initiatives, with other states, including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C. consulting with the New Jersey Center for Student Success to begin their own similar statewide campaigns.
The national Community College Completion Initiative began in April 2010 when leaders from the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Center for Community College Student Engagement signed Democracy’s Colleges: A Call to Action. Each of these organizations developed action plans and strategies to involve their constituents to produce 5 million more associate degree and certificate holders by 2020.
Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students, recognizes and encourages academic achievement of two-year college students and provides them with opportunities for individual growth and development through service, leadership, honors, and fellowship programs.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.