In our ongoing effort to expand access to dual enrollment, NCLC has arranged a free opportunity for approximately 90 Newark high school students to take classes at Rutgers University-Newark in the spring semester. Dual enrollment is a pre-college preparation strategy that allows high school students to take credit-bearing college courses. Students from all of Newark’s public high schools, Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, St. Benedict’s Prep, the Opportunity Youth Network (OYN), and People’s Prep attended orientation on campus on Friday, January 10 and Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The 11th and 12th graders gathered in Ackerson Hall to prepare for their upcoming classes at the School of Arts and Sciences-Newark (SASN) and the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). Students also got a personal tour of the campus and each received new RU-N IDs. An additional orientation was held in the evening on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Central High School to give parents the opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the dual enrollment initiative. High school students will begin classes alongside Rutgers undergraduates on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
We are grateful to all of our colleagues who have made this possible, specifically: our champion of the dual enrollment initiative at Rutgers University-Newark, Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Executive Vice Chancellor; our SASN colleagues, Sofia Pinto-Figueroa, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Dean of Academic Services and Katherine Lopez, Assistant Dean for Academic Integrity and General Advisement; our SPAA colleague, Aaron Gibbs, Associate Dean of Student and Academic Services; and all of the staff at the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions. A special thanks to our colleagues at the Newark Board of Education, specifically Mario Santos, Assistant Superintendent for High Schools, Liana Summey, Special Assistant for High Schools, and Vernon Pullins, Supervisor of Guidance at the Office of Student Life. Special thanks also to Didier Jean-Baptiste, Dean of Seniors and College Placement at St. Benedict’s; Monet Kendall-Turner, Director of College Counseling and Jared Taillefer, CEO at Great Oaks; Tahirah Jordan Crawford, Director of College Placement at People’s Prep; and Rana Hamed, Graduate and Career Pathways Manager and Mark Comesañas, Executive Director of Program and Instruction at OYN.