RVCC Students to be Honored by NJ Council of County Colleges

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) students Tamer Shabani of Budd Lake and Kaitlyn Weiler of Hampton will be among 37 of the of the best and brightest community college students in the state to be honored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges at its 21st  annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration. The event will be held Thursday, May 7, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Trenton.

“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges; the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA); and the Coca-Cola Foundation,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges.”

“NJEA is proud to celebrate the achievements of our students in New Jersey’s community colleges,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “These students took full advantage of the tremendous opportunities our community colleges offer. They are well along the path to achieving their dreams and we wish them continued success.”

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 97 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

NJEA is a diverse, democratic organization working to achieve excellence in public education in New Jersey. The mission of the New Jersey Education Association is to advance and protect the rights, benefits, and interests of its 200,000 members, and promote a quality system of public education for all students.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.

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Mission Statement:

Raritan Valley Community College is an educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.

Diversity Statement:

Raritan Valley Community College values all aspects of diversity including but not limited to race, sexual orientation, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, socioeconomic status, and political and philosophical perspectives. We rely on diversity to enrich the intellectual environment for students and employees. We support educational access and opportunity by recruiting and retaining a diverse college community. We foster diversity by developing and maintaining curricular and social programs that infuse the contributions of all people, and by preparing students to excel in a global society. Our commitment to diversity is reflected in the College’s Mission Statement and Strategic Goals, all of which support excellence in teaching, learning and professional development in a welcoming and respectful climate.

Core Values:

• RVCC is an open admission institution with high standards and excellent support services.

• RVCC serves as an important center for our community.

• RVCC participates as a reliable partner with the region’s K-12 schools to support active learning and college readiness.

• RVCC must provide support for student success, but students are responsible for their own achievements.

• The College values the diversity of our communities as a resource that strengthens the institution.

• The College is accountable for the prudent use of all its resources and seeks transparency in all its operations.

• The College measures its success against national models and standards.

• The College commits to environmentally sustainable practices.

• Educational programs must be affordable.

• A healthy college community depends on integrity and respect.

• The best college decisions are made on a learning-centered foundation.

• Learning is a lifelong endeavor.