Cumberland County College Foundation Board

From left are Cumberland County College Foundation Board officers Mary Jo Williams, secretary; Bob DeSanto, chairman; Dr. Cadmus Hull, vice chairman; and R. Douglas Smithson, treasurer.

More than $3 million will go toward 24 research projects in the first round of Rowan University’s Camden Health Research Initiative, the college announced.

The university has pledged $50 million to fund research in or impacting the city of Camden for the next 10 years.

The grant funds will go to 16 departments and divisions at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, College of Science & Mathematics, College of Education, College of Communication & Creative Arts, and Cooper University Health Care.

The goal of the initiative, approved by Rowan’s Board of Trustees in December 2017, is to stimulate medical and bioscience research at Rowan and CMSRU and with partners and to bring more top research and clinical faculty to the city to work on developing breakthrough medical cures and treatments.

Dr. Beena Sukumaran, Rowan’s vice president of research, said the diversity of the projects addresses a range of needs, from heart health devices to health communication campaigns.

“The awards reflect the complexity of medical and bioscience research and the impact that research will have on the community,” Sukumaran said. “Every grant recipient has the potential to further important research and possibly to change health care delivery and outcomes.”

Education-related bills move forward

A bill that would establish a four-year New Jersey STEM Scholars Grant Pilot Program in the Department of Education was introduced in the Senate this month. The program would provide grants to assist school districts in creating or enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs and increasing their accessibility for students.

Another bill that would make disabled retired law-enforcement officers and firefighters eligible for free tuition at public institutions of higher education cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bill heads to the Senate floor for further consideration.

A bill package that expands apprenticeship programs also advanced from committee.

The first bill under that package would provide tax credits for businesses that participate in Department of Labor-registered apprenticeship programs. It would also establish a grant program for tax-exempt organizations participating in those programs.

A second bill would require higher education facilities to waive tuition fees for apprenticeship courses for certain candidates.

The final bill would establish a youth apprenticeship pilot program in the Department of Education. The three-year pilot program would provide high school and college students an opportunity to develop work skills while continuing their traditional education.

The bills head to the Senate floor for further consideration.

Grants to promote alignment in workforce training

The state is offering $3 million in grants to businesses and organizations to increase pre-apprenticeship programs.

According to the Department of Labor, the grants promote upward mobility and economic fairness through the newly formed Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education Training Program.

PACE will provide funding to eligible businesses and organizations to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in registered apprenticeship programs. These pre-apprenticeship programs will have a documented partnership with at least one registered apprenticeship program sponsor. Together they will expand the participant’s career pathway opportunities with industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction.

Additionally, the program is focused on engaging under-represented populations, as well as populations facing economic barriers to training and increasing their skill levels. PACE will provide funding to pre-apprenticeship programs to offer stipends to participants to offset costs, and provide access to supportive services such as childcare and transportation.

Cumberland County College Foundation Board elects officers

The Cumberland County College Foundation Board recently elected officers for the 2019 term. Bob DeSanto was selected as chairman, Cadmus Hull will serve as vice chairman, R. Douglas Smithson was selected as treasurer and Mary Jo Williams will serve as secretary.

The Cumberland County College Foundation is a charitable organization that raises funds for scholarships and other student assistance.

High school students invited to enter N.J. Shout Down Drugs Competition

High school students are invited to share substance-use prevention messages through original music as part of the 2019 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Competition.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is accepting entries through Friday. Students interested in sharing their musical talent can submit original music with lyrics about substance-use prevention.

The winner of the competition will receive a $5,000 music contract. The second- and third-place performers will receive $3,000 and $2,000 music contracts, respectively, with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

For rules and information on how to enter, contact Diane Higgins at 973-467-2100, ext. 19, or, or visit

Gateway Scholars offers paid internship

Gateway Community Action Partnership’s Gateway Scholars program is recruiting youth to participate in year-round training and educational assistance. Gateway Scholars is offering six to eight weeks of paid summer internships for area youth with a focus on job training, career development, college readiness, SAT/ACT preparation, a paid college tour, life skills and mentoring.

Scholars must meet income guidelines and be in their sophomore or junior year of high school. Parental involvement is mandatory, and scholars must complete self-development classes to be considered for summer employment.

To apply, applicants should submit 50 words about future plans after graduation, including school and community activities, include a letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor and participate in an interview with their parent/guardian.

Submit to Gateway Community Action Partnership, c/o Carole Green, 110 Cohansey St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302. For more information, contact Green at or 856-451-6330.

— Claire Lowe

Contact: 609-272-7251

Twitter @clairelowe

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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