Free Community College Innovation Challenge

July 31, 2018

TRENTON, N.J.—Today, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the state association for New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, released the following statement from NJCCC President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D., regarding the Free Community College Innovation Challenge:

“Everyday, New Jersey’s 19 community colleges work tirelessly to provide opportunities for the people of our great state. We are excited about the Free Community College Innovation Challenge, and believe it is an important step to continue to expand access to socio-economic mobility for all New Jerseyans.

“We applaud Governor Murphy’s vision and commitment to expanding college access and affordability, and his belief in community colleges as a solution to help improve the state. This initial $25 million investment is the first step toward ensuring that all New Jerseyans will have access to the post-secondary education they need to be successful in today’s rapidly changing economy.

“The Free Community College Innovation Challenge pilots will provide an opportunity for our community colleges to learn the best approaches to implement the Community College Opportunity Grant Program, and ensure that when this program is fully implemented it will be as effective as possible.”

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