FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Investors Foundation Grant to Rowan College at Burlington County
Supports Early College Exposure for Burlington County Students
Laura Bishop, Laura Bishop Communications
(March 11, 2020) – A $7,500 grant from the Investors Foundation to Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC), through its Foundation, provided more middle school students in Burlington County with early exposure to the college experience.
Dr. Michael A. Cioce, President of RCBC, explained that the program, which began with just one school district, in 2018 – Beverly City – has been able to expand to include Mount Holly and Edgewater Park School Districts with the addition of the grant from the Investors Foundation.
The Rowan College at Burlington County Foundation applied for the grant from the Investors Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank.
Investors Bank representatives presenting the grant check to the RCBC Foundation at its February Board of Trustees meeting included Sandy Broughton, Vice President and Community Development Officer; Barry D. Epps, Assistant Vice President and Voorhees Branch Manager; Carol-Anne Peacock, Assistant Vice President and Maple Shade Branch Manager; and Barry Lefkowitz, Investors Bank Advisory Board Member and RCBC Foundation Trustee Emeritus.
“On behalf of the Investors Foundation and Investors Bank,” said Epps, “we are proud to support RCBC’s efforts to help prepare local youth for college and career readiness. Like Rowan College at Burlington County, Investors Bank is committed to helping students attain their educational dreams.”
“We are very excited about this program,” said Broughton. “Not all families know how to best prepare students to make choices in high school that will enable them to further their education after graduation. This program helps provide that preparation.”
According to Dr. Karen Archambault, Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Success at RCBC, the program with Beverly City began with some college prep support in 2018, including some career exploration with the students to help them get a sense of their interests. She said the middle school students visited campus in 2019 to experience “A Day in the Life” of a college student. Archambault explained that they wanted to give students some real hands-on activities, rather than just a lecture experience.
Cioce and Archambault showed the trustees and invited guests a video of the Beverly City School District visit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=F36avCTWWVA&feature=emb_logo
). One of the sequences showed students playing a game Archambault called “Reality Check,” where students are given a career, along with a personal budget. The purpose is to provide students with a sense of how the choices they make – what they purchase and how they live – impact their budgets. The hope is that such exposure will demonstrate to students that higher-paying jobs, for example, could be available to them with a college education.
“What we want them to get out of it [the experience at RCBC] is that there is value to having an education, there is value to having the ability to advance your salary through that education,” said Archambault. “But really, we also want them to be realistic about what life ahead might look like for them, so that they are making good choices as they are going into high school.”
About the Investors Foundation
Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. The Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. The Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.
About Investors Bank
Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $27 billion in assets and a network of more than 145 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s banking services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses.
Investors Bank: Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.
About Rowan College at Burlington County
Rowan College at Burlington County puts students first, values diversity and encourages a cooperative culture. We work hard while having fun, serving the community and boosting the regional economy. As home to New Jersey’s original 3+1 program, we offer a solution to student debt, so you can focus on what matters.