Spotlight on Student Success #7 – April 30, 2015

NJC4 Receives National Award

The New Jersey Community College Completion Challenge (NJC4) received the national Community College Completion and Transfer Pathways award from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during the second annual CollegeFish Transfer Triumph Awards Ceremony at the national Phi Theta Kappa Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Jennifer Blalock, Phi Theta Kappa’s chief student support services officer, presented the award to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges in recognition for its role in coordinating the program.

“We are thrilled to receive this national recognition in partnership with our Phi Theta Kappa student leaders who are leading the way in programming the nation’s first-ever statewide Community College Completion Challenge program,” said Louis Venturelli, Assistant Director, Center for Student Success.

Launched in 2011 by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Community College Completion Corps (C4) is a student led, campus-based effort to increase student success by informing all students about the benefits of completing an associate degree or certificate. The program was founded in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, the League for Innovation and the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

In October 2013, New Jersey was the first state to coordinate a Community College Completion Challenge in a statewide way with all 19 community colleges committed to the program. In its first year, over 75 student led, completion–based events took place at New Jersey’s community colleges throughout one designated week in October 2013, growing to more than 100 events in October 2014. In October 2014, over 15,000 students signed pledges to complete their degrees.

At the moment, there are about 20 other states that are modeling their statewide Community College Completion Challenge programs after New Jersey’s.

“That is truly a testament to the leadership qualities, creativity and dedication that our students possess here in the Garden State,” said Venturelli.

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