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RCBC Leadership to Represent the College at the White House and Several National Conferences

Mike Cioce, Anna Payanzo Cotton, Paul Drayton, David Spang

Rowan College at Burlington County’s (RCBC) transformation into the model of 21st century higher education will be featured at a White House summit and several upcoming national conventions.

“Although there is no greater reward than hearing from a student who appreciates the improvements we are making for them, it is also gratifying to have our effort recognized by leaders on a national level,” RCBC President Paul Drayton said. “Rowan College at Burlington County transforms lives every day – and the world has noticed.”

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Ted Mitchell invited President Drayton among a small group of college leaders to attend a special summit in Washington, “Championing Completion: Improving College Outcomes for Pell Students,” on March 24.

Drayton will attend with Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success Mike Cioce.

“This opportunity could not come at a better time as Rowan College at Burlington County is implementing a number of initiatives that will dramatically improve our students’ success,” Cioce said. “I’m particularly eager to discuss a proposal to extend Pell Grant assistance to high school students enrolled at colleges such as RCBC. This is an important part of our plans to increase access to college.”

The college’s physical transformation will be featured in a presentation on the modernization of RCBC’s facilities to the Society for College and University Planning’s Mid-Atlantic regional conference held at the University of Delaware on March 31 and April 1.

The professionals who worked on the initiative will detail how the team was able to better serve students and faculty, save money and create the ultimate campus experience by combining the original Pemberton campus into Mount Laurel, which is undergoing a dramatic transformation highlighted by a state-of-the-art Student Success Center which will serve as the gateway to campus when it opens in fall 2017.

“President Drayton initiated a bold transformation of Rowan College at Burlington County and we are very pleased to see these initiatives given the national recognition they deserve,” said Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio. “This is another great example of Burlington County distinguishing itself on the national level and leading the way for the residents and students of Burlington County.”

American Association of Community Colleges

Drayton is also part of a team presenting “Taking bold action to enhance student success” at the American Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention in April. That presentation will feature the college’s overall transformation including the Mount Laurel modernization, premier partnership with Rowan University and path to a $25,000 bachelor’s degree, the new Enrollment Management and Student Success Division and Workforce Development Institute.

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

The Workforce Development Institute’s Women in Sustainable Employment will also be featured nationally when Vice President of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Anna Payanzo Cotton presents to National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, which will hold a conference from April 11 to April 14 in Alexandria, Virginia, to focus on building capacity, knowledge and skills to transform education and improve student success.

The RCBC Workforce Development Institute partnered with several organizations, including PSEG, New Jersey American Water, South Jersey Industries, Atlantic City Electric, and the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters’ Sisters in the Brotherhood to introduce women to nontraditional careers in energy and construction. The program had 26 graduates in the fall and 14 graduates this spring.

“This epitomizes the role of the Rowan College at Burlington County Workforce Development Institute,” Payanzo Cotton said. “Dozens of women are prepared to start successful new careers that they probably had not considered and quality employers have a new pipeline of skilled workers who will meet their goals to diversify their companies.

“We are truly honored to present this successful initiative with two of the partners who were critical to getting this initiative off the ground, Sally Nadler from PSEG and Sue Shultz from the Sisters in the Brotherhood.”

American Society for Engineering Education

The college’s ability to maintain high-quality technology and engineering courses through ongoing assessments of student learning will be a focal point of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) annual conference, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana in June.

Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. David Spang and Director of Compliance, Assessment and Research Kathryn Strang will present their paper, “A Student Outcomes Assessment Methodology for Technology-Based and Hands-On Intensive Curricula,” which has been accepted for publication and presentation by the ASEE.

“The high-quality of Rowan College at Burlington County’s academic programs is directly attributed to our culture of ongoing assessments and improvements,” Dr. Spang said. “Our quality is why we are one of only about 100 community colleges in the nation to be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and have our historic partnership with Rowan University, which gives students access to the university’s engineering and computer programs.”

Pictured (left to right): Rowan College at Burlington County leaders, including Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success Mike Cioce, Vice President of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Anna Payanzo Cotton, President Paul Drayton, and Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. David Spang will be representing the college at several upcoming national conventions.