Under brilliant blue September skies, a ceremonial groundbreaking signaled the arrival of the newest campus “resident” — the 200,000 square foot, $70 million Cumberland County Technical Education Center.  Freeholder Director Joe Derella called this “the campus of success” with a nationally ranked community college at the hub along with the new technical school and the Center for Workforce and Economic Development under construction on the other end of campus.  CCTEC is scheduled to welcome its first students in September 2016.



Dukes baseball standout Jordan Glover picked up his award Monday after being named to the Rawlings Gold Glove Team back in June. During the 2014 season Glover posted a spotless fielding percentage, recording 103 putout, 4 assists and no errors while tracking down any baseball hit out his way in center field.  That spotless record also earned him the Spalding/ACBA NJCAA Division III Defensive Player of the Year.

Glover is beginning a new chapter this week as he begins his academic and athletic career at the University Delaware. Keep your eyes open for Jordan as he looks to make an impact this coming Spring for the Blue Hens.


(Jordan Glover joined by Dukes baseball coach and Athletic Director Keith Gorman)


A great day for a picnic back in late July as College administrators and deans served up lunch for all the folks who have been working over the summer. 



Family and friends of 18 new radiographers celebrated the successful completion of their rigorous program with a formal pinning ceremony on June 16th.  Each graduate was “pinned” by a member or members of their family.  Graduates will now go on to positions at medical facilities or onto more advanced studies at four-year institutions.


Under the bluest of skies this afternoon, several hundred appreciative fans turned out  to welcome the Dukes home from the World Series and thank the team and coaches for an awesome season.    


imageCumberland’s #1 nationally ranked Dukes went through one final workout yesterday before boarding a flight to Texas where they begin their quest for a Division III World Series championship SATURDAY NIGHT AT 8PM.

Saturday night’s opening game begins at 8PM and can be seen LIVE on Comcast cable channel 22 or online at:    



FAIRFIELD TWP. - Created by graphics and fine arts professor Jill Sluka, a new mural celebrating the career of Negro League all-star Harold Gould Sr. was dedicated in his home community of Fairfield Township.  Gould’s wife, Gwendolyn unveiled the artwork that stretches across the back of the dugout on Fairfield’s Little League field. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Visitors at the U.S. Naval Memorial were treated to a  concert Friday by Cumberland’s very own Jazz Band.  40 members of the band were in the nation’s capital for the annual Spring Performance Tour.



(Distributing food on MLK Day of Service)

For those of you who worry about the future, I wish you had been with us last week at our College’s April Board of Trustees meeting.

If you had been there, you would have witnessed an impressive group of young people whose visions and commitment to their community makes me confident that we’re developing a great new generation of leaders. 

And this is not by chance. Leadership and service learning are cornerstones of the College’s strategic plan. 

The students who presented last week are part of a program known as the Student Pathways Leadership Institute (SPLI) – one of several leadership programs integrated deliberately into our curriculum.  Over the past year, these students took a close look at the challenges our community faces and developed sophisticated solutions – initiatives that take on real-life problems like bullying, nutrition, truancy, and animal welfare. 


(Mentoring at-risk 8th graders to become future leaders)

These are serious, well-conceived programs with solid business plans and metrics for assessing results.

As I watched their presentations, I also watched the Trustees and the look of satisfaction on their faces.  “These kids get it,” they were likely thinking. They “get” that the future of our community will be in their hands soon. 

And that’s why our College puts so much emphasis on leadership and service learning, in and out of the classroom. 

In the past year we’ve sent hundreds of volunteers out into the community to do service work, and we’ve hosted many community members here on campus for educational programs.   For Earth Day, our “Second Nature” club invited 70 second graders from the Dane Barse school to plant seeds and trees and learn about the environment.   Our nursing students hold flu clinics and health fairs throughout the year.  Our technical writing students helped the Millville Community Center design a brochure.  And our education students go into local elementary schools to help with after school mentoring.


(Collaborating in leadership development seminars)

All of our athletes are required to do service.  Basketball team members read to students in elementary schools.  The women’s baskeball team sponsored a mobile mammography clinic. Some of our athletes are working with the STEPS program at Inspira helping overweight children adopt a fitness regimen.  And some raised money for domestic violence victims by collecting and selling used prom dresses.

We’ve even had a group of our agriculture students travel to impoverished Belize in Central America to share our expertise in greenhouse farming.

Each of these is a leadership opportunity for Cumberland County students, and an opportunity to make our community and the world a better place.

- TI


A new $10,000 endowment to the Cumberland County College Foundation will help fund the education of horticulture students in the college’s highly regarded program.


(From L-R: Ray Cole - NJNLA President, James E. Price - Director Agriculture-Horticulture at Cumberland County College, Keith MacIndoe - NJNLA Foundation President, Donnie Johnson - Head Grower, Kirsten Johnson Musick – Administrative Assistant)

Made possible by the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association’s Education Foundation, the scholarship is in memory of the late Donald Jr. and Karen Johnson of Deerfield Township’s Johnson Farms, a premier 1600-acre farm specializing in sod and nursery products.  The Johnsons were fervent supporters of agriculture in South Jersey. 

In making the presentation, NJNLA Foundation President Keith MacIndoe said, “we are happy to offer this endowed scholarship at Cumberland County College. It will enable students pursuing a degree in horticulture to continue their education. Cumberland County College offers a cutting edge facility with a fine agricultural program.”

“Our parents encouraged everyone to get an education if they were able to,” said Kirsten Musick, the Johnsons’ daughter.”  “Hopefully this scholarship will give someone an opportunity to learn and work in the horticulture field.”

The NJNLA Education Foundation was established in 2005 to offer New Jersey students opportunities in the green industry.  To date the Foundation has established a scholarship at Morris County College and an internship at Rutgers Gardens.

In making this latest endowment, MacIndoe said, “we felt the need to offer something to our horticulture students in the southern part of the state.  The foundation had a great fundraising effort with the help of many Johnson Farms vendors, friends family and colleagues.  We know that Don and Karen would be very proud of what has been accomplished.”

The scholarship is open to any New Jersey resident.