ROI Influencers: Higher Education 2021 — Community colleges

CCM President Tony Iacono. (File photo)

Tony Iacono
County College of Morris
CCM was judged the top community college in the state by Intelligent and Academic Influence — and the top school for salaries of graduates by Newsweek and Payscale. Recently, the school announced a $25 million expansion of two workforce programs.

Frederick Keating
Rowan College of South Jersey
Oversees one of the top two-year schools in the state — and an anchor for the South Jersey region. Its connection to Rowan University should serve as a greater model for others.

Jon Larson
Ocean County College
Larson, who has held the top job for more than two decades, aims to make school the technology hub of Ocean County. That goal was helped when OCC was one of 18 community colleges in the country named to partner with Intel to expand its artificial intelligence for workforce program.

Mark McCormick
Middlesex College
That’s right, it has a new name. But under McCormick’s leadership, Middlesex still maintains a mission of working with the high schools in its area and the four-year institutions in the state.

Michael McDonough
Raritan Valley Community College
Judge rankings as you like, but Raritan Valley has been ranked as the top community college in New Jersey by four different organizations. That says something.

Margaret McMenamin
Union County College
One of two community colleges in the state to be one of 150 national finalists for a prestigious Aspen Institute honor. The school, founded in 1933, celebrates its diversity, educating students from 83 different countries on its four campuses. 

David Stout
Brookdale Community College
School serves more than 20,000 students per year at its six locations throughout Monmouth County, including the picturesque 220-acre main campus in Lincroft. Was one of two schools in the state to make a Top 50 national list by Academic Influence.

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