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Every problem on the planet can be solved with adequate education.  Learning is the silver bullet, the absolute answer, the pathway to progress.  And like everything else on this earth, education comes with a price tag.  Salem Community College is no exception; however, we are a tremendous bargain.  

2017, Our Best Year Yet

Among the sounds heard with champagne corks popping, or the Times Square ball dropping, or simply rolling over in your sleep as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, is usually the resolve to do something in the year ahead that we didn’t do in the year gone by.

Thank You, Regina Strand: A Tireless Advocate for SCC Students

For the second time in a month, the College community is mourning the loss of another vital member of the staff.  Regina Strand, our Assistant Director of Financial Aid, passed away Sunday night after a brief illness.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with Regina’s family throughout this tearful time.  

Remember the Smile. Thank You, Mary Ellen Hassler

Every organization, whether it be a college, an office, a factory, or a hospital, has someone like Mary Ellen Hassler on staff.  It doesn’t matter the business, we all have a “utility infielder” on the team.  Mary Ellen was our “utility infielder,” taking on a variety of tasks, job remnants, and new ideas, to help SCC.

Lessons Learned from the Chicago Cubs

Confessions first – I am a Yankees fan.  From the days of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Casey Stengal, Roger Maris, Moose Skowron, an endless list…..  Since I collected my first baseball card, I was a Yankees fan.

The Little College The Could...

Recently, there was a fire in town, not more than a mile or so from campus.  Fortunately, it was a limited blaze, though there was significant smoke damage to the structure and no injuries were reported.  One of the first responders to this crisis has ties to the College.

Back and Better Than Ever

For anyone who follows ESPN radio, you are familiar with the expression “Back and better than ever” professed by Mike Greenberg (Greenie) of Mike and Mike fame.  Mike and Mike is an ESPN simulcast (radio and television) featuring sports journalist (and fan) Mike Greenberg in tandem with former Philadelphia Eagle defensive lineman, Mike Golic.

Thank You, Dr. Klinke

So often we just take for granted the names we see across college campuses.  At Widener, I had classes in Kapelski Learning Center, lived in Howell Hall, and on a couple of occasions reported to administrators in Old Main.  Traditionally, we name buildings, areas, rooms, after people of note within a community.

After the Tassel Turns

Commencement was a month ago.  So, what happens now?  For some there is a traditional pathway to follow with a transfer to a 4-year college and continue on a degree pathway toward a bachelor’s and perhaps beyond.  For others, the world of work is much closer and the opportunity is there today to work toward that first million.

Commencement 2016

As the Class of 2016 prepares for the world beyond SCC, there are a few things to keep in mind.  The journey to Commencement is always long, even when it is short.  Life just gets in the way.