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RCBC creates new Classroom to Career model for Willingboro Campus in partnership with business leaders

 Pictured: Rowan College at Burlington County student Geraldine Lee, part of the Willingboro Student Leadership Team, discusses the importance of real-life experience for students with businesses leaders, public officials and college administrators at the Classroom to Career initiative announcement at RCBC's Willingboro Campus.
Rowan College at Burlington County’s (RCBC) new Classroom to Career model will serve adult learners at the Willingboro Campus in a unique format designed in partnership with local business leaders seeking to hire RCBC students, Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio announced today.
 
“No one does Classroom to Career better than Rowan College at Burlington County,” Garganio said. “This redesigned approach for adult learners will provide a new path for Burlington County residents to get the skills they need for high-paying jobs. Business leaders looking to hire them will have assurance that these graduates have been trained by programs they designed.”

RCBC’s Willingboro Campus will serve businesses and adult learners seeking a new job or promotion by offering Classroom to Career certificates in a number of fields that provide the skills that employers have indicated are most important.

Some of the companies that have committed to support the initiative through targeted curriculum and/or tuition reimbursement partnerships include: Virtua, Wawa, Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, Ravitz Family ShopRite, Rizzieri Aveda School, CVS Health and Bancroft.

Registration is now open for the fall at rcbc.edu/willingboro. Initial certificates will include:

  • Fundamentals of Business Success (beginner and advanced)
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
“I grew up in Willingboro and am so proud to bring this cutting edge program, which is the future of higher education, to my hometown,” RCBC President Paul Drayton said. “Students have our commitment to provide them with relevant courses designed by leading employers, career development programs and opportunities to meet our region’s leading employers who are looking to hire.

“This initiative is supported by businesses through tuition assistance, flexibility in hours to their employee students, priority hiring for RCBC graduates and personal participation through mentorships and program design,” Drayton added.

Classroom to Career certificates will include the following features:

  • Classes taught in shorter sessions at night for the convenience of working adults. These may be offered on the Willingboro Campus or a business’ location.
  • Professional skills training to provide the real-life skills employers have indicated they need such as how to respond to failure and make sound decisions.
  • Creating Excellent Organizations seminars led by local executives who will explain what made them successful and what they look for in new hires.
  • More opportunities for students to learn on the job through internships and field work.
  • Prior learning assessments to award academic credit for skills students have already mastered in the workforce.
“Leading employers, who will hire students, are best positioned to know what skills are needed. These types of partnerships are the future of higher education and I’m so pleased to see the future is now at Rowan College at Burlington County,” said Rowan University President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “Distilling the curriculum to what is most important makes it manageable for working adults seeking to advance their careers and resume their educational journey through RCBC that can take them to Rowan University and from Classroom to Career.”

The initiative was announced today among business leaders who have supported and shaped the initiative.

“This approach turns higher education upside down to ensure the focus is on providing students with employable skills that employers need,” said Sam Thevanayagam, CEO of Parts Life. “We are thrilled that Rowan College at Burlington County is listening to the business community and collaborating with us to improve educational and career opportunities in Burlington County.

“I highly encourage every business leader to become a Classroom to Career Partner. It will benefit your business and provide you an enriching experience,” Thevanayagam added.

Business leaders looking to learn more about becoming a partner in Classroom to Career at the Willingboro Campus are invited to join RCBC for an online seminartomorrow at 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28. Please register atrcbc.edu/education-partnerships.

For more information, please visit rcbc.edu/willingboro.

Pictured: Rowan College at Burlington County student Geraldine Lee, part of the Willingboro Student Leadership Team, discusses the importance of real-life experience for students with businesses leaders, public officials and college administrators at the Classroom to Career initiative announcement at RCBC's Willingboro Campus.