Founded in 1967, Brookdale Community College (BCC) in Lincroft, NJ is regularly ranked in the top 50 community colleges in the country. One of the largest institutions of higher learning in the Garden State, the school is a member of the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity network, which allows students from Monmouth and Ocean Counties to complete studies up to a master’s degree without leaving the area.
This is a comprehensive college with many choices in subjects for students to pursue — currently, BCC is awarding 2-year associate degrees in over 50 programs along with offering many noncredit courses for students to enroll in to enrich their lives and develop new skills.
The campus continues to grow and develop new buildings, such as a Center for the Visual Arts and a new Fitness Center, and is dedicated towards maintaining a high-quality educational experience along with exposing students to the arts and giving them a creative edge in their futures.
Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts and Associate in Applied Science Degrees are offered and with the exception of AAS degrees – which prepare students directly for the workplace – students transfer to baccalaureate institutions to complete their four-year degrees.
AAS degrees offered include Accounting, Automotive Technology, Computer Science, Fashion Merchandising, Marketing and more. Associate of Arts degrees are available in Education, Social Sciences (incl. Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology and more) and in fourteen subjects in the Humanities. Students can also pursue an Associate of Science in Architecture, Criminal Justice, Mathematics and Engineering. Fine Arts majors may opt for Studio Art Specialization in pursuit of the AFA degree.
Dozens of certificate programs offering students the opportunity to get certified within a certain area of employment with fewer classes than a degree program. Certificates are available in subjects as diverse as Culinary Arts, Ornamental Horticulture and Digital Arts.
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Anyone who is at least 18 years old can enroll in the college. To take higher education courses, students must have a high school diploma or the GED equivalent. Students looking to earn the equivalent can do so at this campus. Applications may be completed in person on campus or online and a nonrefundable application fee will apply. Applications to the Health Science programs and ASEP or T-TEN programs in Automotive Technology will have to fulfill separate requirements. Monmouth County residents have priority at Brookdale and must fulfill requirements by providing tax returns, lease or home ownership contracts and other items upon request. Contact the admissions office for further details. Applications are accepted year-round, as courses run on traditional 15-week terms plus smaller ten-week segments throughout the year, including summer and winter sessions.
The Financial Aid Office can help an applicant through the entire process of applying for assistance. Eligibility requirements as laid out by the U.S. Dept. of Education will apply, and the process begins with the completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. In addition, students must fill out the BCC Confidential financial aid application online.
Federal and state aid programs may include grants, scholarships, student loans (either subsidized or non-subsidized), work-study employment or PLUS loans for the parents of students. Counseling and advising on the management of all aid forms is available from financial aid counselors on campus.
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Students who wish to limit their competitive urges to campus only may try out a number of intramural activities. Highlights of the spring semester include basketball, coed volleyball, horseshoe and tennis tournaments and more. In the fall, students may also try their hand at Wiffleball, bocce, bowling and fishing. Dozens of clubs and organizations also exist, everything from the Chess Club and College Republicans to a Dance Club, a Latin American Association and the Theater Group.
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The intercollegiate athletic program allows students to compete in Region XIX of the Garden State Athletic Conference. Nine “Jersey Blues” teams trot out representing the school, with the women’s softball program continuously bringing home state and national honors, winning 13 of 15 regional championships as of 2009.
Men’s sports include soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball and golf. Women’s sports besides softball include soccer, tennis and basketball. Women’s and men’s lacrosse were introduced to the intercollegiate program in 2009.
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Higher Education has accredited Brookdale to award associate degrees in over 50 programs.
- The Nursing program is accredited by the Accrediting commission for Education in Nursing
- The Respiratory Therapy Program receives accreditation from the Committee on Accreditation in Respiratory Care
- The Radiologic Tech Program is accredited by the Education on Radiologic Technology’s Joint Review Committee
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.