Salem Community College has reached -- and exceeded -- its enrollment goal for the fall semester. With students continuing to register for courses starting in October, credit hours stand at 103 percent of the goal. This marks the first time since 2009 that SCC has met its enrollment goal.
“The message of affordable and quality education is resonating with students and parents,” said President Joan M. Baillie. “I also attribute the increase to the outstanding team effort among all employees who work extremely hard year-round.”
As of late September, credit hours are 13,702, nearly 400 credits over the goal, according to Kevin Catalfamo, Executive Director of Enrollment Management and Marketing. He said that more than 1,200 students are enrolled for the fall semester, with 60 percent full-time.
The five programs with largest enrollment increase percentage over last academic year are:
• Administrative Assistant
• Glass Art
• Health Science
• Scientific Glass Technology
“With the rising cost of college, SCC is an excellent option for students either looking for a good-paying job or planning to transfer to a four-year college at the end of their two years,” said Baillie.
Catalfamo pointed out the value of starting at SCC then transferring upon graduation. “Students are transferring to excellent four-year institutions and saving thousands of dollars in tuition,” he said. “I’ve seen countless times where a student and family saved $30-$40,000 when transferring with an SCC degree.”
He said an increasing number of parents are inquiring about scholarships and other funding options. “We have seen an increase in students taking advantage School Counts! and NJ STARS scholarships,” said Catalfamo.
Students who graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school class may be eligible for NJ STARS (Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship), which covers the cost of tuition at Salem Community College. NJ STARS students maintaining 3.0 or higher grade point average at SCC may be eligible for an NJ STARS II scholarship at a four-year state institution. The School Counts! Scholarship is offered to Salem County students who meet academic and attendance criteria during high school.
SCC’s partnerships with Salem County school districts have resulted in many dual-credit options for high school students. “For example, the JumpStart program with Pennsville Memorial High School offers seniors an early jump on college courses at a significantly reduced rate,” said Catalfamo. Earlier this year, the College implemented a $50 per credit option to currently enrolled Salem County high school students who are taking classes at SCC.
Registration for seven-courses starting in October is underway. For more information, visit www.salemcc.edu, call Admissions at (856) 351-2716 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.