Rekindling the Fire: Engaging our Community in New Ways

As Cumberland County College closes the books on 50 years of service to the community, we are pausing to reflect on the characteristics and successes that earned us the ranking of #1 community college in New Jersey and placement among the top 2% of community colleges in the country, according to the Washington Monthly Magazine. We work hard to maintain and exceed our high rankings, but we take the most pride in our students’ and alumni achievements—many of whom live right here among us while others are impacting the world beyond Cumberland.

We are also looking at the journey ahead by beginning to envision what the next 50 years might look like. As we do this, we’ll rekindle the fire with the community. Beginning this summer, we’ll be re-engaging our community partners and the people of the Cumberland. We’ll be meeting students where they are, bringing this community college into the community. We’ll be using all traditional and modern techniques, approaches, and media to make sure that no one is left out. We’ll embrace the diverse cultures that make us a microcosm of where our country is heading. We will live our mission of pride, service, and excellence by maximizing our impact on the community.

We will engage the people, non-profits, and business leaders of Cumberland County in examining key socio-economic indicators, workforce and economic development goals to determine where and how the College might be most impactful. Together, we will bring the economically marginalized more into the center as we strengthen our middle class, keep college costs low and expand transfer options for our students. We will align our academic programs with the current and projected labor demands of our regional workforce. We will embrace technology and avail ourselves of the natural assets this county offers to advance our people and institutions. We have high hopes for the next 50 years.

Broad community support has brought us to where we are today. Imagine what we can achieve if we were on fire. Imagine a new Cumberland!

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