Recent high school graduates Abigail Chomo, Atira Johnson and Madison Lawlor have chosen Salem Community College. They join many other Class of 2020 graduates from throughout Salem County and the region.
During this uncertain time, SCC’s “Stay Local, Learn Local” message is resonating with students and parents alike.
“I chose to pursue my education at SCC due to the affordability, excellent reputation and the return of sports programs,” said Abigail Chomo, a Schalick High School graduate who’s majoring in liberal arts. “My father and oldest sister also attended SCC and built relationships that helped them succeed beyond SCC. I have already made connections with the women's basketball program. I am excited for the educational and athletic opportunities.”
Staying local is important to Penns Grove High School graduate Atira Johnson. “Salem Community College is close to home so that’s a plus,” she said. Johnson plans to earn an associate degree in health science then transfer to complete her bachelor’s degree, saving her and her family thousands of dollars.
Madison Lawlor has already earned a degree from Salem Community College and is returning for another. She and 18 classmates from the Salem County Vocational-Technical School graduated from SCC in May 2020 before earning their high school diploma in June.
After researching career options, Madison decided to stay at SCC and earn an associate degree in nuclear energy technology. “I originally wanted to go into chemical engineering,” said Lawlor, who earned her first associate degree in biology/chemistry. “I realized that there was a need in the area of nuclear work. I decided that nuclear energy technology wasn’t too far off from my original field and had better opportunities for work and education.”
The opportunity to continue interacting with a variety of local students appeals to Lawlor. “There are chances to create friendships and study opportunities with students of different backgrounds and ages,” she said.
As SCC carefully reopens for the fall semester during the pandemic, the safety of students, employees and visitors remains at the forefront and guides every decision.
All in-person activities are rigorously monitored to comply with CDC and New Jersey public health guidelines. Everyone entering SCC buildings must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Enhanced cleaning protocols are ongoing. Incoming and current students can learn more at SCC’s “Safe Return to Campus” page at www.salemcc.edu/safe-return.
“Your Salem Community College is going to restart, and we are going to do it right,” said SCC President Michael Gorman. “Any instruction that can be done remotely or online, will be. Coursework requiring in-person lab or studio access will be on campus with significant safeguards. These are primarily glass, nursing, select sciences, and specific art courses. Lectures associated with these courses may still be delivered remotely.”
To get started, prospective students may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 856.351.2716. Fall classes begin on Tuesday, September 8.
By Bill Clark and Chuck Erhardt
Caption: Clockwise from upper left, Madison Lawlor, Atira Johnson and Abigail Chomo are among many recent high school graduates who have chosen Salem Community College to continue their education. During this uncertain time, SCC’s “Stay Local, Learn Local” message is resonating with students and parents alike. To get started, prospective students may contact email@example.com or call 856.351.2716. Fall classes begin on Tuesday, September 8.