In a rapidly changing world and global economy, New Jersey’s community colleges are critical institutions of higher education and economic opportunity able to reach a significant proportion of the state’s population and to offer high quality education that serves the needs of students, employers, and local communities. Created in the 1960s, New Jersey’s 19 community colleges now enroll over 325,000 students at over 60 campuses throughout the state, making them the largest provider of higher education in the state.
New Jersey’s future and that of its residents depends on a strong network of community colleges uniquely able to assist individuals to obtain the skills and knowledge they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing, knowledge-based world. In fall 2018, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, working with the state’s 19 community colleges, launched the Vision 2028 effort to develop a bold vision for the future.
We obtained input from over 500 community college leaders and stakeholders through more than 20 meetings, a statewide Leadership Summit, and through online comments from more than 180 members of the community college community, including students, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and others.
It will take new ideas and approaches to strengthen this bold, ambitious agenda for the future and address these priorities. We ask that you be a part of this effort. We welcome all ideas for how New Jersey’s community colleges can build on a strong foundation, be best positioned to prepare New Jerseyans to thrive in a rapidly changing world, and be institutions of solutions and innovation.
If you are interested in partnering with us to help advance socio-economic mobility for the people of New Jersey, please e-mail the New Jersey Council of County Colleges at Vision2028@njccc.org.