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Posted Friday, December 20th, 2019

Students Gain an Early Start on a Higher Education

County College of Morris and the Randolph School District on Thursday, Dec. 19, signed a dual enrollment agreement to provide high school students with the opportunity to begin their higher education early.

Through the partnership, CCM will provide Randolph High School students with a pathway to start earning college credits at their high school. The program is aligned with the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education’s vision to provide students with early exposure to college.

Attending the signing ceremony were New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet, Assistant Commissioner of Academics and Performance Linda Eno, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and officials from Randolph Township and the Randolph School District.

CCM and Randolph to Offer High School Students College Courses

At the signing ceremony for the Titans Express Dual Enrollment Program County College of Morris is offering at Randolph High School (l-r) Randolph School District Superintendent Jennifer Fano, Randolph High School Principal Debbie Iosso, CCM President Anthony J. Iacono, CCM Trustee Chair Thomas Pepe, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and Randolph School Board Vice President Joe Faranetta.

The program, known as Titans Express, started in September with CCM offering a general psychology course to Randolph High School students identical in content to the class offered at CCM. Courses through Titans Express are half the price of the in-county tuition rate. Currently, that equates to $68.50 a credit. As the program develops, other college-level courses will be provided at the high school.

Under the agreement, college-level classes at the high school are taught by Randolph High School teachers working collaboratively with CCM professors. Through the program, participating students also have access to CCM resources, such as the library, tutoring services and academic advisement. In addition, they have the opportunity to visit and interact with CCM faculty teaching the same courses at the college to broaden their exposure to college-level work and facilities.

“We’re pleased to enter into this agreement to provide Randolph students with the opportunity to begin their college education early and to start earning credits toward a degree,” said CCM President Anthony Iacono. “Early exposure to college means students can start exploring areas of interest sooner so they can better determine the educational and career pathway they want to pursue.”

“One of our missions at Randolph is to foster innovation. To fulfill that vision, we strive to create an exemplary learning community that prepares students to excel in a complex interconnected and changing world,” said Jennifer Fano, superintendent, Randolph School District.

“Our students can only benefit from the work that we are doing to provide them with more college-level opportunities right in their own backyard,’’ added Randolph High School Principal Deborah Iosso.

Credit hours earned by students will be applied to the corresponding certificate or associate degree program at CCM should they decide to enroll at the college. The college credits also may apply to their high school graduation requirements or bachelor degree programs offered at four-year institutions.

To apply to the program, parents and guardians first need to fill out the application for CCM’s Challenger Program for high school students. The application can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/challengerprogram/. That application then should be submitted to the CCM’s Admissions office or Randolph High School.

CCM currently offers the Titans Express program at Mt. Olive, Hanover Park and Whippany Park high schools and expects to expand it to other high schools in Morris County. In addition to Titans Express, CCM offers several other programs for high school students. To review those programs, visit http://bit.ly/CCMHS/.