Launch of the Community College Opportunity Grant Program

TRENTON, N.J.—Today, Governor Murphy announced the launch of the Community College Opportunity Grant program at an event at Union County College. The New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the state organization that works to strengthen and support New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, released the following statement from NJCCC President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D., regarding today’s announcement:

“New Jersey’s community colleges applaud Governor Murphy’s vision for a stronger, fairer New Jersey, one in which financial barriers no longer restrict people from getting the post-secondary education they need to be successful in their careers and lives.

“In today’s ever-changing economy, more and more New Jerseyans will need a post-secondary credential or degree in order to have a career that provides a family sustaining wage. New Jersey’s community colleges provide access to socio-economic mobility and opportunities for the people of our state to improve their lives. We are excited about the Community College Opportunity Grant pilot program in the upcoming spring 2019 semester, and believe it is an important step to expanding the effort to the entire state in the fall of 2019.

“We support 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’s economy. This pilot program will provide the community colleges the opportunity to learn and collaborate to inform future statewide efforts to expand access to higher education, and remove the barrier of tuition and fees for more students across the state.”

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