Cumberland opens wellness center

Cumberland County College in Vineland opens its new Wellness Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. From left are James Piccone, vice president of academic and student affairs; John Wojtowicz, Wellness Center counselor; Ginger Chase, former Cumberland County College trustee; Paul Abrams, assistant vice president, orthopedics, surgery and cardiovascular services, Inspira Health; Lilly Kejzman, Cumberland County College Foundation Board; Philecia Howard, Wellness Center intern; Christine Ward Garrison, vice chairwoman, Cumberland County College Board of Trustees; PJ Ragone, director, Inspira Fitness Connection; Heather Bense, Wellness Center director; George Castellini, freeholder; Darlene Barber, deputy freeholder director; Leslie White-Coursey, Cumberland County College trustee; and Shelly Schneider, Cumberland County College interim president.

A new wellness center has opened at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

The center, on the first floor of the academic building, offers mental health counseling to assist students with life’s challenges and stressors.

The services of the center are free to current students and include short-term, solutions-focused counseling, student-specific strategy counseling, assessment and referral services, wellness education workshops, and staff and faculty consultation.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

School bus safety bill signed into law: Students in New Jersey will be required to carry identification at off-campus, school-sponsored activities and principals will have to keep a list of who rode what bus there after a new law was signed by the governor this month.

The measure was the final proposal under a package of bills designed to increase school bus safety after a deadly Route 80 crash in May 2018 that killed a teacher and a student.

Among the previous school bus rider safety measures signed into law is legislation requiring three-point lap belts on school buses, for school bus operations in the state to comply with certain federal regulations, 24 hours of notification that a school bus driver’s license is suspended or revoked, and for school bus drivers to submit medical certificates to the state Motor Vehicle Commission to prove continuing physical fitness and to submit to medical examination that includes certain screenings.

Bill would help districts losing school aid: Responding to recent changes to the school funding reform law that hurt many schools in the 1st Legislative District, local legislators introduced bills to stop any further cuts to aid.

State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak and Assemblymen Bruce Land and Matt Milam, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, introduced bills last month that would hold state aid at 2019-20 levels through 2025 for any school set to lose more aid due to funding changes.

The reforms, signed into law in July by Gov. Phil Murphy, eliminated growth caps and phased out over seven years adjustment aid for districts considered “overfunded” by the state formula. Districts with declining enrollment, including in Cape May County, received cuts to their aid while districts considered “underfunded” received increases. Andrzejczak’s predecessor, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, advocated that the “overfunded” districts be held harmless instead of having aid cut but did not give an exact source for the additional funding.

“South Jersey is struggling,” said Andrzejczak. “Unlike the wealthier parts of the state, we simply cannot raise property taxes to make up for the loss of state funding. This bill will ensure we maintain our education standards, retain our teachers and give our children the best opportunities we can. I hope other senators will join me in sponsoring this legislation.”

The bills are waiting to be assigned to a committee.

Summer Academy at Cumberland County College: Cumberland County College will bring back its Kid’s Academy summer camp this summer.

The camp, for ages 5 to 14, is administered through Cumberland’s division of Workforce Development and Community Education. The academy offers age-appropriate activities designed to appeal to a variety of interests. College staff members provide education, enrichment and motivation to help children develop social skills, reach personal goals and achieve academic success.

Summer programs will be offered June 17 through Aug. 30. In-person registrations will take place 10 a.m. to noon April 13, 10 a.m. to noon May 18, and 6 to 8 p.m. June 6 in the Guaracini Performing Arts Center on the college campus, 3322 College Drive, Vineland.

For full details, visit

Rowan introduces LEGO League Robotics Camp: Rowan University in Glassboro will host a five-day, nonresidential LEGO League summer robotics camp that integrates science, technology and engineering education, while teaching students to design, build and program robots using LEGO technology.

The LEGO League offers a junior camp for students ages 7-10 and a beginner and advanced camp for students ages 10-14.

The camp costs $330 per student, which includes the five-day session, lunch at the Rowan dining hall and a T-shirt. To register and for more information, visit

Thomas Edison president to give graduation speech at Cumberland: George A. Pruitt, president emeritus of Thomas Edison State University, will deliver the keynote address at Cumberland County College’s 52nd commencement ceremony.

Pruitt is active in the formulation of education policy nationally and in New Jersey. Having served as president of Thomas Edison for more than 35 years, he is among the longest-serving public university presidents in the nation and identified as one of the country’s most effective college presidents in a study of presidential leadership funded by the Exxon Education Foundation.

The ceremony will take place May 16 on the college campus in Vineland.

Paid summer internships for teens and young adults: Atlantic County teens and young adults are invited to apply for paid summer internships through the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board.

The board is matching youth 16-24 years old with area employers for eight-week paid internships between June and August.

According to Executive Director Rhonda Lowery, the WDB hopes to place 100 youths in positions for 25 hours per week at a salary of $10.50 per hour. Funding for this program is provided through the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

“These opportunities may help direct participants towards future careers and permanent positions,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson.

Those who are interested may apply at summer-youth-application.

Contact: 609-272-7251 Twitter @clairelowe

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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