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The End of the Beginning

Winston Churchill, statesman, diplomat, and warrior, commented in a speech after the Second Battle of Alamein, a victory, “This is not the end, it is not the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.”  Much the same can be said of Commencement and the departure of the Class of 2017.

The Little College (and County) that Could

Did you know Salem County is the smallest of all New Jersey counties?  It is no wonder that Salem Community College is the smallest of the NJ community college network.  Though this may appear a disadvantage, we make it into quite the opposite – our greatest attribute.

Spring Is For Planting [Ideas]

Though we still have some slivers of snow lurking in some recesses of the nearby woods, and along some roadways, you can tell spring is here.  Not only does the calendar tell us we have hit the Vernal Equinox, but the texture of the air indicates the bite of winter has abated.

Join the Salem County Kindness Campaign

Freeholder Director Bob Vanderslice referenced a Kindness Campaign during his State of the County Address on February 2nd.  The idea is to exercise acts of kindness.  This comes rather naturally to the residents of Salem County for, as a whole, we are nice people.  A great place to witness this is the Woodstown Wawa.

Simplified Pricing

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.