Neptune Poseidon Early College High School at Brookdale Community College Commencement Ceremony


Brookdale Community College is proud to announce the remarkable success of its dual enrollment program with local Monmouth County high schools. This achievement was celebrated during the May 9th commencement ceremony, where 65 high school students received their associate degrees before earning their high school diplomas. Through a collaborative effort between Brookdale and the participating high schools, students can enroll in college-level courses taught by Brookdale instructors and experience the challenges and rewards of higher education firsthand.

“The Early College High School Program (ECHS) allows high school students to jumpstart their college careers, offering them a head start on higher education and a pathway to success,” said David M. Stout, Ph.D., president of Brookdale Community College. “By transitioning seamlessly into their college careers, these students gain an academic advantage while saving money on tuition.”

The 2024 graduates of the ECHS program come from various high schools, including Raritan, Matawan Regional, Asbury Park, St. John Vianney, Neptune Township, and Keyport. This year, three students from the Keyport Rising Stars Early College Academy—Grace Kreft, Victoria McCloskey, and Jenna O’Brien were honored by the Asbury Park Press as Outstanding Students of the Week, highlighting the significant impact of the ECHS program.

All three students excel academically, taking Brookdale Community College and Keyport High School classes while maintaining A+ grades. They are active Key Club and National Honor Society members and participate in various extracurricular and community service activities.

Grace Kreft stands out for her meticulous work and long-term involvement with the Ocean County 4-H. Victoria McCloskey ranks in the top five of her class and holds leadership roles, including vice president of the National Honor Society and Board of Education representative for Student Council. Jenna O’Brien is distinguished by her artistic talent and dedication to her athletic programs.

“Through the Rising Stars Academy, we are incredibly proud to witness students like Grace, Victoria, and Jenna flourish academically and personally,” said Jennifer Peirson, director of School Counseling at Keyport High School. “Their dedication, passion, and commitment to excellence serve as inspiring examples for our entire school community.”

Brookdale offers a variety of flexible dual enrollment programs designed to help students gain college experience, earn transferable credits, or obtain a degree. The impact of these programs extends far beyond the classroom, providing students with invaluable skills, experiences, and opportunities for personal growth by bridging the gap between high school and college.

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Photo attached: Jenna O’Brien (Class of 2026), Victoria McCloskey (Class of 2024), Grace Kreft (Class of 2025)