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This Month From Cliff- June 16, 2011


The President’s Report

June 16, 2011

Cliff L. Wood


Rockland Community College is

dedicated to student success!


One of my priorities is to ensure that an RCC education is accessible and affordable to all. We are committed to providing every person who comes to our doors with the opportunity to learn, to succeed, and to gain the skills and education necessary to be competitive in today’s global economy.


That is how much RCC provided during the 2010-11 academic year in financial assistance to students. This figure includes:

Federal grants and work study: $9.1 million

State grants: $2.5 million

Loans: $3.8 million

Scholarships and Student Support Awards: $803,000

3,712 students received one or more forms

of assistance.

This represents 46% of the student body!

Scholarship Recipients

The Financial Aid office and the RCC Foundation work in partnership to provide students with funding for tuition, books and, where applicable, living expenses. Through the RCC Foundation’s robust scholarship program, hundreds of students also receive financial assistance towards continuing their education at four-year colleges and universities. The program also provides full scholarships for RCC students transferring to outstanding four-year colleges.

Scholarships are awarded both on merit and based on financial need. A diverse range of students receive assistance, including new high school graduates; adult learners; minorities; continuing students and students with disabilities.


On May 21, The Comprehensive Education and Family Resource Center held the “Education Fest” at the Spring Valley Extension Center.  It was a wonderful way to share information and fun for all who attended.

A reception celebrating SUNY’s contribution to research and innovation across New York was held at the NYAS Headquarters in New York City on May 26.  The stories and visuals demonstrating how SUNY is helping New York regain its competitive advantage were very well-received by elected officials and other distinguished guests.

English Professor Reamy Jansen was recently honored at the Friends of the Highland Falls Library’s Inaugural Spring Gala and Awards Reception in Fort Montgomery.

Jansen, second from left, was honored with the first ‘Written Word’ Award, honoring the literary achievements of an author residing in the Town of Highlands.


Dr. Wood with Governor Cuomo

President Wood welcomes Governor Andrew Cuomo
to breakfast at the Paramount Country Club