Camden County College is one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in New Jersey and the surrounding region and is a vital resource for transfer education, workforce training and cultural event. Its three distinct campuses in Blackwood, Camden and Cherry Hill – along with its satellite locations in Lakeland, Sicklerville and elsewhere throughout the County – share the common mission of providing accessible, affordable higher education and occupational study to all who can benefit.
Recent studies of federal Department of Education data have shown that in addition to ranking among the nation's top 100 community colleges for overall associate's degree completion and among the nation's top 10 for associate's degree completion in education, the College also ranks among the top 50 for associate's degrees completed in registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing; health professions and related programs; and science technologies/technicians. CCC also ranks among the top 100 in associate's degrees completed by African-American students, Asian-American students and non-minority students.
The College also is recognized nationally as a leader in technology programs such as video game design/development and photonics. In addition, it is acknowledged for maintaining one of the lowest tuition rates of any college or university in the state or region. Perhaps most importantly, CCC is known for responding to the changing needs of the communities and students it serves by continuously updating its programs and services to support the area's economic development and residents' professional and personal development.
CCC: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Camden County College’s mission was launched when what had been the Mother of the Savior Seminary was purchased early in 1967. That fall, the first class of Camden County College students was taking courses on what had become the Blackwood Campus. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, new buildings were constructed to keep pace with growing enrollments and expanding academic offerings.
In 2005, the Camden County Freeholders announced an $83 million capital initiative to rebuild the Blackwood Campus that would affect more than half of its facilities and structural amenities. The first phase of this plan included refurbishment of the busiest classroom building, Madison Hall, and construction of the Connector Building, which connects Madison with the Otto R. Mauke Community Center and houses the College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility. Subsequent phases focused on creation of roads, grounds and athletic fields and additional demolition, refurbishment and construction, including a 107,000-square-foot science building that opened to students in 2013.
The Blackwood Campus offers a traditional collegiate setting with more than 20 buildings on 320 acres. It provides the majority of the College’s academic programs.
The College’s presence in the City of Camden began in 1969, when a diploma-completion program was begun in borrowed space to help students prepare to pass their GED test so they could begin college-level courses on the Blackwood Campus that fall. In 1991, a five-story Camden City Campus building – now called College Hall – provided the College’s first permanent home in the City. The eight-story academic, retail and parking facility known as the Camden Technology Center was added in 2004 as one of the first projects completed under the Camden Municipal Rehabilitation and Economic Recovery Act. Today, the Camden City Campus focuses on an urban mission to support the economic development of the City of Camden and Camden County through associate degree studies and workforce training.
Camden County College’s third campus location opened in 2000 as the result of a unique public/private partnership between the College, Cherry Hill Township and the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation. The William G. Rohrer Center is named to reflect the generosity of the late banker’s endowment and offers core associate degree courses and business and industry training in a technology-rich setting.
In 2011, CCC assumed administration of the Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center and the Camden County Police Academy, both at Lakeland, and the Technical Institute of Camden County, housed on the campus of Camden County Technical Schools in Sicklerville. This development brought all County-funded postsecondary education under the supervision of the College. The Regional Emergency Training Center is a state-of-the-art, environmentally safe site that serves firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other public safety personnel and houses the Camden County Fire Academy and Camden County Police Academy. It offers classroom and hands-on instruction in the most extensive and contemporary array of credit and certification courses for first responders that is available.
Thanks to technology-rich physical resources and highly qualified, dedicated faculty, staff and administration, Camden County College maintains a tradition of high-quality education and a reputation of agile, responsive service. Each year, the College serves more than 30,000 students through 100-plus degree and certificate programs and hundreds of non-credit and community-interest courses.
Degree, certificate and training programs cover technical fields such as automotive technology and mechanical engineering; health professions such as nursing and medical coding; and liberal arts and sciences such as English and chemistry. There also is a multitude of recreational offerings, ranging from social dancing to computer applications.
All who study, visit or work at the College find comfortable, safe and attractive settings. These sustain a vibrant academic community that is characterized by imaginative teaching, caring student services, energetic management and collegial discussion of diverse ideas and opinions.
Into the future, Camden County College will continue to enhance the quality of life in Camden County and beyond by preparing students to live, work and thrive in a global economy. The College also will further fulfill its responsibility to the citizens of Camden County and New Jersey by continuing to create a skilled and stable local workforce; encourage enlightened civic engagement; provide an avenue of social mobility; and serve as a destination for cultural and recreational activities.