New pilot for students from special services district to take undergraduate coursework at RCBC

The mission of the pilot program is for students to become independent and productive members of their communities.

The Burlington County Special Services School District (BCSSSD) has announced that a pilot program with Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) to provide transition students the opportunity to take undergraduate coursework on the Mt. Laurel Campus.

According to officials, the program will allow students to improve academic skills by taking prerequisite college courses while earning college credits. Students enrolled in this program will be able to access all student services and activities offered to RCBC students, while reaping the benefits of being better prepared to achieve success when they transition to the RCBC campus in continuation of their studies.

The mission of the pilot program is for students to become independent and productive members of their communities. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in RCBC courses, while still at BCSSSD, allowing them to make a seamless transition from their current program of study to college classes and in the workplace.

“We are pleased to partner with RCBC and to provide our students this new program. The transition program at BCSSSD is designed to enhance students’ employable skill sets inclusive of vocational training within the local community,” Superintendent Christopher Nagy said. “This innovative model of supporting students with special needs is a giant step for ensuring that all students have access to post-secondary education. We are confident that this pilot program will become a cornerstone of equity in advanced education for students with disabilities.”

BCSSSD students who successfully participate in this pilot program will be eligible to continue their college studies at the RCBC Mt. Laurel Campus and explore additional courses that can lead to a chosen career path.

“I am proud of the work of the administration to provide these valuable experiences to our students and for giving them the tools to be successful after graduation,” Board President Robert Silcox said.