Keeping the American Dream Accessible for All

Cumberland is a richly diverse county where, despite our different and storied paths, our commitment to improving the human condition is a strong bond that ties us all together. There is great compassion in this community. At Cumberland County College, we couple compassion with ability for self-sufficiency and to give back.

For some time, we have been reviewing our academic programs with insights from our employers to ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge that will help them to succeed in the marketplace. We go beyond theoretical work.

As we examine employment and economic trends, we are strengthening our roster of academic offerings. We are enhancing existing programs and adding new ones including cyber security, data analytics, and healthcare risk management—to name a few. We are also adding Certified Production Technician and other trades programs, and engaging with employers in the trades to better respond to their needs and the needs of students not taking the traditional academic route.

No matter our residents’ interests, as the higher education institution of Cumberland County, we are giving students and their families options and a pathway to the middle class.

Our approach is to embrace the entire community. Whether our students were born elsewhere, brought here with parents who support our thriving agricultural industry or higher education is a family legacy and they choose Cumberland County College because they are financially savvy, we embrace the entire community. Our classes mirror the real world settings students will encounter upon graduation.

Earlier this month, we co-hosted an expungement workshop with the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, defense attorneys, and our Human Resources Department. Our goal was to educate and also help those wishing to turn their lives around find a way to do that. Our faculty have taught at our local prisons and are committed to helping our community members reinvent themselves.

As we reflect on the meaning of the holiday season, as an institution, we are proud of the hope and tools with which we empower Cumberland.

Previously published in The Daily Journal on December 22, 2016.

 

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