“College Readiness Now is already producing tangible results, helping thousands of students become proficient in key subject areas that they need to advance in college and build successful careers,” said Governor Christie.
“Our investment in this program makes a world of difference, empowering participants with the skills and confidence to reach their full potential in college and the workforce, while preventing drop outs and curbing student debt issues,” the Governor added.
College Readiness Now provides cost-free remedial classes for college credit to high school students who would otherwise have to pay for remedial classes after graduation.
Sixty-five high schools partnered with 18 community colleges in the program that was funded with $620,000 in federal College Access Challenge grants from the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE).
In the current school year, a total of $1.25 million in funding – $750,000 in Federal Title I funding from the Department of Education and $500,000 in federal grants through OSHE – was allocated for the program. There are 92 high schools partnering with 19 community colleges to serve 1,860 high school students.
College Readiness Now has been successful in helping high school students transition to college. In Camden County, 54 percent of program participants enrolled in Camden County College or a public 4-year college.
In Atlantic and Cape May counties, 97 percent of the students completing the program enrolled in Atlantic Cape Community College as freshmen, and in Bergen County, 92 percent of the students completing the program enrolled in Bergen Community College.
Governor Christie has allocated $1 million for College Readiness Now in the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 state budget. That funding would significantly expand the program, reaching many more students across the state.
Another successful partnership between local school districts and colleges, Dual Enrollment, is also credited with helping over 10,000 high school students transition to college.
Dual Enrollment programs offer simultaneous credit for high school and college attendance, again at no cost, saving students thousands of dollars in tuition and fees.
National studies show conclusively that if a student completes even one college course while in high school, that student’s chances of graduating from college increases significantly.