Living and Breathing Student Success: Our Mission at Cumberland

Tempus fugit! Where has all the time gone? It seems like Labor Day was just yesterday and now we are getting ready for registration for the winter session and the spring semester. Over the last few weeks it has just been lively on campus. As president, my new days are filled with back-to-back meetings and events in the evenings as well as the weekends. It is such a respite to walk to our cafeteria for lunch and find students rock climbing, playing a leisure game of volleyball, or see the cross country team running their laps around our beautiful campus!

Over the last few weeks, we have had such a range of exciting events take place on campus. I had one student comment to me that she didn’t expect college to be fun. At Cumberland County College, we work hard and we play hard!

I have been impressed with our Student Senate and all of the activities around which they have shown leadership. Their passion and their vision for the College are admirable and inspiring. This month, we celebrate veterans, Hispanic culture, men and women who have survived and are coping with domestic violence. The activism and service learning ethos of our students and the faculty and staff who help them facilitate these activities help define who we are as a campus and what we strive to achieve for all of Cumberland County working with our partners.

If you are looking to develop your leadership skills, we have a range of clubs, activities, and projects to do so. We also want our students to have a leadership role in creating their own college experience. In addition, as a designated Hispanic-Serving Institutions, we have a number of programs that target our at-risk Hispanic learners—youth and adults. We are extrapolating our learnings, findings, and successes from that group to apply to all at-risk populations in our region. We take pride in preparing the current and next generations of leaders for Cumberland County and to continuing to help raise the college attainment rate, working collaboratively with our partners.

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