Brookdale Community College’s Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) announced the fall 2021 recipients of funding and sponsorship opportunities. Through a campus-wide, open proposal process, the CCOG program was able to synthesize resources, staff, and programming efforts to create a culture of care, creativity, and collaboration to promote student success, retention, and completion with these sponsorship opportunities.
The recipients represent a broad array of events and projects that support the CCOG areas of focus and priorities which are:
- Facilitating access to program outreach
- FAFSA completion
- Career exploration
- Programming retention
- Completion initiatives
- Social entrepreneurship
- Student success and retention
- Financial resilience
- Future pathways initiative
- Diversity in STEM careers
One of the recipients is The Innovation Network (TIN) club at Brookdale. Deborah Mura, club advisor and professor in the communications department, explained the funding will go towards providing meditation and wellness programs near Brookdale’s new butterfly garden which was created by TIN members. “The Monarch Weigh Station and Meditation Garden was designed, in part, to bring mental health and wellness activities to students,” said Mura. “To date, we have had to do everything using very limited funds and often volunteer presenters, so this is extremely exciting,” she said about receiving support from CCOG.
Brookdale’s Dreams+ Club along with UndocuALLY, a committee of administrators, faculty, staff, and students dedicated to the success and support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented students at Brookdale, also will receive support from CCOG. Brookdale’s graphic design students worked to create a Brookdale specific logo using butterfly imagery to show support for our immigrant students. “UndocuALLY will use the CCOG award to cover printing costs for posters with the logo for employees to display on their doors and in their offices at Lincroft, the HECs, and local high schools,” Ashley Zamponga-Krug, assistant professor in the history department at Brookdale and faculty advisor to the Dreamers+ Club, said. “The logo will be printed with an accompanying QR code that will connect students and employees to a robust collection of resources specific to the needs of undocumented immigrants.”
Another project to receive funding from CCOG is creating instructional videos and holding review sessions for all MATH 015 students. Sally Mulvey and Rebecca Rozario, both associate professors in the math department, explained the videos will be topic specific and will require students to answer questions embedded in the videos. “Additionally, we will conduct reviews at the Higher Education Centers to help underserved students who may or may not have transportation issues,” said Mulvey. The videos and reviews will help students understand the concepts taught in MATH 015 to help them succeed and continue on the pathway to college-level math classes.
Brookdale’s CCOG program will begin accepting proposals for the spring 2022 semester on January 4, 2022. Proposals are due February 7, 2022. More information about the program and the application can be found here. Any questions can be sent to Angela Kariotis, Director of Diversity & Inclusion/CCOG at firstname.lastname@example.org.