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Burlington County Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio announced that enrollment has increased at Rowan College at Burlington County for the Spring 2017 semester.
“As community college enrollment continues to decline significantly throughout the state and country, RCBC has bucked those trends and instead saw the first enrollment increase since spring 2012,” said Director Garganio. “We are thrilled to announce that RCBC’s spring 2017 enrollment increased by roughly 3 percent from last year.”
“The spring enrollment increase is a direct result of our new partnership with Rowan University and the innovative 3+1 Program, in addition to our Virtua and College Head Start partnerships,” explained Garganio. “These programs enable us to provide a high-quality degree that our residents can afford.”
“Currently, 35 students are enrolled in junior-year classes as part of our first 3+1 program with another 400 strongly interested in the program for a future date,” stated Garganio. “Additionally, 115 students have decided to stay at RCBC this term or fall 2017 because of the 3+1 program offerings.”
Recognized by Money Magazine as one of the best college affordability programs in the country, the “3+1” program offers two outstanding degrees for about the same cost of one year at a four-year institution. Students can earn their associate degree from RCBC and a bachelor's degree from Rowan University and save around $75,000.
“We have seen a steady increase of high school students getting a head start on their college career through the College Head Start Program,” added Garganio “The number of students 17-years-and-younger in this program increased by 23 percent.”
The College Head Start program currently has 10 engineering students from BCIT who will complete their freshman year of college before graduating high school.
“Our partnership with Virtua has also contributed to more students choosing RCBC,” stated Garganio.
Health Sciences programs increased by 236 students or 14.1 percent and Paramedic Sciences now has 71 students up from 64 in its first term. 28 Virtua employees have enrolled in credit courses – up from 16 last term and Nursing increased by 9.1 percent.
“By providing affordable high-quality education, more and more students are seeing the outstanding value of attending RCBC and are choosing to save thousands of dollars over four-year universities,” said Garganio.
Additionally, new students are up nearly 16 percent and transfer students are up by almost 5 percent.
“Students from across the county are taking advantage of these current programs, and with the Student Success Center opening later this year, there are so many more exciting things to come,” stated Garganio.
The new a state-of-the-art building that will feature a one-stop shop for student services from enrollment to academic planning, knowledge commons library, bookstore, dining area and state-of-the-art technology. The building will serve as the gateway to the newly transformed Mount Laurel campus.
“We are proud to reshape our college to meet the needs of our students and these figures show the innovative programs and partnerships are working,” concluded Garganio.