September 2018 Board Briefs

On behalf of the Warren County Community College Board of Trustees, we would like to share with you exciting things taking place at your local Community College. This issue of Board Briefs highlights the addition of a New Alumni Trustee, faculty recognition, joint agreements with Union CC, drones, campus additions, legislative updates, and so much more!

See you soon,
Jean Vasko

Office Phone: 908-689-7618
September 2018

Welcome to the Fall Semester!

The campus is bustling with new, transfer and continuing students! Enrollment levels look very good and better than anticipated.

The Board looks forward to keeping you informed regarding the exciting things that will be taking place at the College in the next few months!

Top 10 Actions at the Last Board Meeting
Since 1981, Warren County Community College has been an example of excellence in education and we’ve had more than 40 years to perfect it. See what we mean – here are Ten Great Things enacted to serve our community at the September Board Meeting.
September 2018 Board Briefs
  1. 2018 Alumni Trustee

Dorothy Helmken, a 2018 WCCC graduate, was sworn in by College Attorney Nishali Rose as the 2018 Alumni Trustee. Ms. Helmken was selected by her peers to represent students on the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Linfante and the Board of Trustees welcomed Ms. Helmken to the Board, and look forward to her insight as the Alumni Trustee.

Ms. Helmken is pursuing an Education degree at Drew University, and won many national awards as a student leader.

2.WCCC Signs Two Agreements with Union County College

President Will Austin and Dr. Margaret McMenamin, President, Union County College, recently signed two joint agreements for the following:

1- Memorandum of Collaboration for the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.

2-Agreement between WCCC and Union County College for usage of the Edward & Eileen Smith Droneport & the Promotion of Drone Technology Education Statewide.

For more information on the joint PTA degree contact the Student Services Office at 908-835-2300 to speak with an Advisor.

3. Facilities Update

Dean of Administration Dennis Florentine reviewed the status of the Annex project with the Board. The targeted date of completion is November 21, 2018. The project is currently scheduled to be completed under budget!
4. Cengage Unlimited

Tired of the high cost of college textbooks?

The Board discussed the implementation process of its June resolution authorizing the College to enter into an exclusive agreement with Cengage to provide subscription services to enrolled students in Spring 2019. Already this summer, WCCC has received an unprecedented amount of national attention for this decision:

This represents only a portion of the positive reactions to this Board decision. M ore information to follow in the upcoming months!

5. WCCC's Nationally Recognized Reform Agenda

Board Chair Linfante shared that WCCC would again be featured at this years Association of Community College Trustees National Congress . Occurring in October in New York City, the Congress will again feature multiple presentations from WCCC Board Members. Including, but not limited to:

The Board, Student Success and Accreditation: Perfect Together

• Safeguarding Presidential Contracts

• Board Retreats

He shared that as part of a WCCC collective, the trustees would share their successful agenda of higher education reform from 2013 to present, including:

2013 – Dual Enrollment Enhancement & Expansion

2014 – Nationally Recognized Remedial Education Reforms

2015 – Teaching Administrators

2016 – 60 Credit Policy

Spring 2018 – Middle States Team Visit
with Zero Recommendations from Team

Summer 2018 – Nationally Recognized $140 Annual Textbook Subscription

He shared that at last year's national Congress, WCCC gave more presentations (7) than any other community college in existence.
6. Droneport Dedicated

The Edward J. & Eileen Smith Droneport was dedicated on August 22, 2018.

Guests at the dedication were given a demonstration of drones utilizing the new droneport by Dr. Austin. They were also invited to try their hand at flying a drone.

For more information on the DRONE
PROGRAM call 908-835-9222
7. Essential Piece of the Puzzle Recognition

Board Chair Dr.Phil Linfante presented Dr. Nancy Wilson-Soga, Professor of Psychology, with an engraved trophy from the Board in appreciation of her dedicated work on developing the new Addictions degree program for the College, and to her tireless dedication to the students.

WCCC will license new professionals in addiction counseling to assist our community in dealing with this growing epidemic.

8. Edward & Eileen Smith Drone Lab Dedicated.

The Edward J. & Eileen Smith Drone Technology Laboratory and Learning Center at the Phillipsburg Education Center at 445 Marshall Street was dedicated on August 22, 2018. Among the attendees to congratulate the Smiths were NJ Senators Michael Doherty & Steven Oroho, Assemblymen Erik Peterson and Hal Wirths, Freeholder Jason Sarnoski, NJCCC President Aaron Fichtner, and Dr. Rosalie Lamonte, Executive County Superintendent. The dedication received very positive public support .

9. Stigma- Free Campus

The Board of Trustees passed the following:


Stigma-Free Campuses aim to inspire public interest and open dialogues about stigma, raise awareness of the disease of mental illness and create a culture wherein students who have the disease of mental illness, feel supported by their college community and feel free to seek treatment for the disease without fear of stigma.

For more information on
Stigma-Free click here
NJCCC Legislative
Dr. Phil Linfante,
Board Chair
Dr. Linfante, as Statewide Chairperson of the NJCCC Legislative Committee, discussed various legislation being considered by the Assembly, Senate and Governor.

Dr. Linfante spoke to the Board about a recent article that appeared in the ACCT Trustee Quarterly on Governing Boards Roles and Responsibilities. The presentation centered on ten major actions of a successful board and WCCC Trustees meet all these responsibilities. Dr. Linfante jokingly gave the Trustees an "A+" for their commitment to meeting the definition of a successful Board.

Dr. Linfante, Dr. Austin and Trustees Nancy Brown and Betti Singh will be presenting at the ACCT Leadership Congress being held in New York City this October.

The Board of Trustees Reorganization & Regular meeting will be held on November 7th at the Washington Campus starting at 6:30PM.
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Benefits of WCCC to the Warren County Community
Affordable Tuition & Fees ( & save thousands over a 4-year college )
Close to Home (locations in Washington & Phillipsburg )
Convenient Schedule
High Student Satisfaction
Among the Highest Community College Graduation Rates in New Jersey & Region
Nationally Recognized Board of Trustees , Administration , Faculty & Programs
Recognized by as the 2nd Best Nursing Program in New Jersey
Great Things are Happening at WCCC
Warren County Community College is among the nation’s premier community colleges as recognized by the global higher education community.
Warren County Community College trustees, staff and students have received numerous national recognitions including, but not limited to:
Warren County Community College trustees and staff serve the global higher education community on statewide, national, and international boards including, but not limited to:

Jean Vasko
Board of Trustees, Recording Secretary
Warren County Community College
475 Route 57 West
Washington, NJ 07882