Serving Salem County and the State of New Jersey, Salem Community College was founded in 1958 as the Salem County Technical Institute. In 1972 the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education granted approval to grant degree-awarding authority to the Technical Institute, and the name was officially changed to Salem Community College. Today this two-year public, community college is set on a main 11-acre campus in Carneys Point Township. Articulation agreements exist between Salem Community College and regional and national colleges and universities including Chestnut Hill College, Kaplan University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Wesley College, Wilmington University, and Strayer University.
At Salem Community College students may choose from associate’s degree granting and certificate programs in over 40 areas ranging from business to liberal arts, practical nursing, scientific glass technology, and technology. Two-year associate’s degrees include an associate in applied science, the associate in fine arts, the associate in science and the associate in arts. Certification programs last one year, and allied health careers and Specialist Series programs may vary in length. Various programs of study are designed to meet different student needs. Some are college transfer programs, and others focus on career preparation. Associate’s degree earning majors include, but are not limited to, exciting fields like biotechnology, journalism, computer graphic art, forensic science, nuclear energy technology and sports management. Certificate programs include business & paraprofessional management, emergency services, industrial design, personal trainer, web page design, and practical nursing. Allied Health Programs include diagnostic medical sonography, medical laboratory technology, medical radiography, nuclear medicine, respiratory radiography, and surgical technology. Students with an existing college background may earn Specialist Series Professional development Certificates for completing series of courses.
Additional programs of study include Adult Basic Education, General Education Development (GED), and English as a Second Language programs. Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education Development (GED) programs help adults either brush up on existing math, wiring or reading skills, or pass a test earning a high school diploma equivalency. The English as a Second Language, or ESL, program was designed for students who speak a language other than English as a native language. Students work on reading, writing, basic speaking and workplace skills. All ESL programs are free of charge. Noncredit and community education courses are available by way of the Department of Business and Community Partnerships. This department focuses on professional and personal development, customized training for local businesses, specialized training in county school districts, senior citizen’s courses, and youth programs.