Gov. Christie Highlights Atlantic Cape Program as Success Story

Dear College Community,

During a news conference Monday at Camden County College, Gov. Chris Christie highlighted Atlantic Cape’s Math Boot Camp as an outstanding example of successful programs targeting high school students with innovative developmental support to enable them to succeed in college.

Atlantic Cape has offered Math Boot Camp, which is funded by a College Readiness Now grant from the state, four times. Math Boot Camp is free to select students who need to complete one or two developmental math courses.

Research on college student retention indicates if students can succeed in their mathematics courses, then they are more likely to graduate sooner. Early data shows positive trends for Atlantic Cape’s Math Boot Camp, and the college will again offer sections this summer.

Please read the article below for specific details on Monday’s news conference.

Thank you,

Dr. Peter Mora

Christie touts college-readiness programs for at-risk students

By Linh Tat

5:27 p.m. | May. 9, 2016

CAMDEN — Gov. Chris Christie touted the success of two college-readiness programs during a visit to Camden County College on Monday.

The state’s College Readiness Now program, which is in its third year, provides at-risk high school students with free remedial classes so that they become college ready by the time they graduate. Students receive college credits for completing the courses.

The program served 921 students in its first year, when 65 high schools partnered with 18 community colleges. Currently, 92 high schools and 19 community colleges are partnering to serve 1,860 students, according to the governor’s office.

Christie said during a news conference that in Camden County, 54 percent of program participants have gone on to enroll in a community or four-year college; in Atlantic and Cape May counties, 97 percent enrolled in Atlantic Cape Community College; and in Bergen County, 92 percent continued their studies at Bergen Community College.

The governor also highlighted the success of the state’s dual-enrollment program, which allows students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. Like College Readiness Now, this program is free to students, helping them save thousands of dollars in tuition and fees before they start college.

“Investments in programs like these are providing opportunities for students to realize their personal dreams of obtaining a higher education and, ultimately, not just a job, but a career,” Christie said. “We can see how the programs are making a difference. The numbers bear that out.”

He said the state is committed to College Readiness Now and is dedicating $1 million in state money, on top of money from the federal government, in the FY 2017 budget, to keep the program running.

The program received $1.25 million in federal funding this year — $750,000 in Title I funds from the Department of Education and $500,000 in grants from the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, according to the governor’s office.

Christie left the news conference without taking questions from reporters.

The afternoon press event marked Christie’s second stop at an area college on Monday. He spoke at the  Cooper Medical School commencement ceremony at Rowan University, about a half-mile away, earlier in the day, when the 4-year-old medical school graduated its first class of students.


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