Community College Heroes
New Jersey Community Colleges Acknowledge the Heroes in Our State
The COVID-19 virus is having a significant impact on all New Jersey residents, on our economy, and on our state. New Jersey’s community colleges are proud to play a critical and lead role in responding to this emergency and to ensuring that our students, communities, and state can rebound from this crisis. New Jersey’s agile and innovative community colleges will lead in the recovery and secure a brighter future for all New Jerseyans.
New Jersey’s community colleges have served as testing centers, donated equipment, adapted their manufacturing labs to make face shields and other PPE, and have partnered with county governments during the response. Within days, the colleges executed an almost seamless transition to online learning, sustaining student momentum and making all support services available online. The past few months have been inspiring and once again New Jersey’s community colleges have proven how transformative and powerful they are.
A significant number of those who are on the frontlines of this crisis, in hospitals, as first responders received their education and training at a New Jersey community college. Community colleges have prepared a sizable share of the healthcare workforce, with more than 25,000 students currently enrolled in healthcare education and training programs across the state.
Throughout the past few months, New Jersey's community colleges have saluted the current students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members who are on the frontlines, or doing acts of courage and kindness in response to the COVID-19 outbreak through a #NJCCHeroes campaign. New Jersey community college trustees have saluted the efforts of the state's community colleges to respond to this crisis through the #NJCCTrusteesProud campaign.
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