Newton, NJ – October 1, 2014 – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and the SCCC Foundation held a special reception on Tuesday, September 30 to announce the naming of the new Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation (CCCF) School of Agriculture. During the reception, the SCCC Foundation also accepted a generous $250,000 gift to help provide funding for the program’s development and launch.
Approximately 50 educators, the College leadership, VIPs in New Jersey agriculture, area farm owners, and SCCC supporters gathered in the SCCC Performing Arts Center to hear the exciting announcements regarding the naming and launch of a new agriculture program and the generous gift to support the program.
Curricula for the first two programs in the new Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation School of Agriculture will be an Associate in Science in Horticulture and an Associate in Applied Science in Agriculture/Business. Vice President of Academic Affairs, William Waite stated, “The opportunity to offer a new agriculture program is exciting for SCCC and will be an excellent way to build on the community’s traditional values.”
These programs are now in development, and the funding received will be used for the new program’s faculty needs, greenhouse equipment, instructional supplies and marketing materials. The School of Agriculture at SCCC will bridge programs from the high school level to a bachelor’s and master’s degree offered through the College’s four-year academic partners, such as Rutgers University.
In commenting on the gift Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Karen DiMaria said, “We are grateful the College is receiving such support. The Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation has once again invested in SCCC to help provide start-up funding for this new, much-anticipated program,” DiMaria stated. “Their gift of $250,000 is the largest, single gift the SCCC Foundation has ever received and we are proud that the CCCF has partnered with us once again to help the College pursue its important vision.”
The College’s mission is to ensure that it continues to offer programs that are vital to the community and that lead to continued educational opportunities and jobs.