Winners named in Rowan College at Burlington County distance learning essay contest

Officials say the National Distance Learning Week Scholarship Essay Contest recognizes successful online students and promotes online learning.

Rowan College at Burlington County’s National Distance Learning Week Scholarship Essay Contest are congratulated by college officials. From left are RCBC President Michael A. Cioce, winners Lori Niles and Morgane Lohner, and RCBC Dean of Learning Resources Martin Hoffman.

Lori Niles, of Burlington, and Morgane Lohner, of Pennsauken, won first and second place, respectively, in Rowan College at Burlington County’s National Distance Learning Week Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by the Distance Education Office, RCBC Foundation, and the College Bookstore, which is managed by Follett.

Niles, a liberal arts and sciences major, won a free online credit class, which she will use to fulfill one of her last associate degree requirements.

The 47-year-old currently works at RCBC’s Willingboro Campus in the Adult Basic Education program.

She said she plans to transfer to a university after graduation to earn a degree in behavioral science and aspires to be a behavioral therapist.

Lohner, a 3+1 psychology student in her junior year at RCBC, won a free abnormal psychology textbook.

The 26-year-old mother of a 6-month-old child said she chose to take classes online because it was easier for her to juggle her responsibilities, which includes working two jobs.

She wants to eventually earn a master’s degree and become a school counselor to not only make a difference in her daughter’s life, but in the lives of other children.

“Rowan College at Burlington County’s online classes offer students convenience and quality,” RCBC President Michael A. Cioce said. “We have been recognized as having one of the best online programs in the state and the nation, but nothing pleases me more than learning that our online offerings gave a student the opportunity to transform their lives through education.”

On average, officials say that more than half of RCBC students took at least one online class during the year. RCBC’s Distance Education Office offers more than 100 courses, 14 associate degrees and four certificates completely online.

“Rowan College at Burlington County students are able to access an affordable and high-quality education from anywhere in the world,” RCBC Dean of Learning Resources Martin Hoffman said. “The National Distance Learning Week Scholarship Essay Contest recognizes some of our most successful online students and helps other students understand the ways in which they can achieve their goals online.”

For more information on RCBC’s online offerings, visit rcbc.edu/distance-education.