Posted Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Educational Opportunity Fund Program Recognized for Record of Success
The Educational Opportunity Fund program at County College of Morris has been nationally recognized for its record of success in serving first-generation students.
CCM has received the Silver Award of Excellence from NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The national award recognizes programs, policies, procedures, best practices and services that support students who are the first in their families to earn a college degree.
Sponsored and supported by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the Educational Opportunity Fund at CCM provides underserved, low-income and predominately first-generation students with academic and financial support to assist them in completing a college education. Participating students receive a state grant to help defray the cost of their education.
At CCM, the program also offers comprehensive, customized and holistic support services, including a summer orientation on college readiness, academic counseling, tutoring, mentoring, workshops on study and time management skills, and opportunities to develop leadership skills.
The program also collaborates with other campus departments, such as Counseling, Career Services, Campus Life and the Academic Success Center.
Students who participate in the CCM program have high success rates, both in terms of graduating with an associate degree and transferring to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. On average, nearly 45 percent of participating students graduate within three years of enrolling at CCM, compared to the 22 percent three-year rate for community colleges nationwide.
“Ultimately, our program meets students where they are regardless of their background, academic aptitude, social challenges or needs,” said Pam Marcenaro, Dean of Learning Support and Opportunity Services. “Our philosophy is to personalize and customize support for students to help them fulfill their academic and professional goals and increase their overall chance of college success.”
“Our Educational Opportunity Fund program students are invaluable members of the CCM community and are leaders in the making. Every one of these students has a dream, ability and the need for a great education. They are our future,” said CCM President Anthony Iacono.
NASPA (previously the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators before a name change) serves as a leading voice for student affairs whose mission is to drive innovation and evidence-based student-centered practices throughout higher education nationally and globally.