Rowan College at Burlington County

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Not to be confused with Burlington College.
Rowan College at Burlington County
Type Community College
Established 1969
President Paul Dayton Jr.[1]
Location Mount Laurel / Pemberton, New Jersey, USA
Campus Suburban
Athletics 7 sports teams
Colors Red and Gray
Mascot Baron
Affiliations Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Website http://www.rcbc.edu

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC), formerly known as Burlington County College (BCC),[2] is an accredited, co-educational, two-year, public, community college located in Burlington County, New Jersey. Main facilities are located in two campuses in Mount Laurel and Pemberton Township and two centers in Mount Holly and Willingboro.

Founded in 1969, the college enrolls more than 7,500 students a year in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree programs, and certificate programs.[3] Rowan College at Burlington County is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the State.

College Logo and Official Seal[edit]

The RCBC logo represents the college's strong visual identity with a mobius, a continuous ribbon-like strip that represents education as a lifelong, never ending experience, encased in a red circle. The college name is displayed to the right of the mobius in three lines. Rowan College is at the top. The word "at" and the tail of the letter g break the red line in the middle, and Burlington County at the bottom.

The official college seal was adopted in 1989 and contains a shield that encompasses the college’s opening year, mobius, and the inscription Scientia, Veritas, Lux (Knowledge, Truth, Light). [4]

Mount Laurel Campus[edit]

Laurel Hall[edit]

This building opened in September 2002. The 52,799-square-foot (4,905.2 m2), three-story building features two entrance foyers leading to a two-story open area rotunda/student lounge and administration/reception area. The Building's first floor includes a 75-station computer room, tiered lecture hall, faculty and administration offices and support space. The two upper floors include 20 standard classrooms with full computer station capabilities. The third floor houses the rotunda student lounge and a multi-purpose classroom. The building was constructed by area general contractor Wu & Associates, Inc.

In fall 2016, the Liberal Arts division will move to the first floor creating a “Liberal Arts” college at RCBC [5]

TEC[edit]

Next to Laurel Hall, the Technology & Engineering Center features robotics, CADD, electronics, physics and high resolution computer labs. It also houses the library, cafeteria, classrooms, faculty offices, vending machines and a student lounge area.

Rowan University will occupy the main suite on the first floor until the new Student Success Center is complete. RCBC’s Science, Math and Technology Division will then occupy this space.

The existing library will be converted to a lecture hall, student lounge and small meeting rooms. Until the new library is open, a Library Concierge will remain open from this site. The county library in Westampton is being enhanced for RCBC students.[6]

Campus Library[edit]

First floor, TEC Center Besides books and research materials, the library includes computers that link to the main college library on the Pemberton campus and to a large network of resources. Both the college libraries are members of the Burlington County Library System

Cafeteria[edit]

First floor, TEC Center Students can purchase a full breakfast and/or lunch in this sit-down dining room.

The Science Building[edit]

This facility, separated by a domed rotunda from the Enterprise Center, is adjacent to the Technology and Engineering Center. The Science Building features large laboratories for basic and advanced biology and chemistry, computer labs, and classrooms.

In 2008 the Student Lounge was moved from the TEC building into the Science Building

Attached to the Science Building is the College Bookstore which is owned and operated by the Follett Corporation.

This building will remain dedicated to science with new geo-science and marine science labs replacing the bookstore, which will temporarily be moved to the Incubators until the new Student Success Center is complete. [7]

Enterprise Center[edit]

This award-winning facility hosts corporate seminars, conferences, performances and other special events. It features a 575-seat auditorium with global videoconferencing capabilities.

As the location of the President’s Office, senior staff members have already begun transitioning here. President Drayton and all of senior leadership will be located on the second floor.

The second floor will also include a board room, additional administrative offices, including the RCBC Foundation, and sound recording and television studios for the Entertainment Technology Program.

The bottom floor will be home to the music program and the auditorium will be enhanced to make it better suited for musical and small dramatic performances. The college’s larger theater productions will remain in Pemberton for the 2015-2016 academic year before transitioning to the theater at the Burlington County Library’s Westampton headquarters. [8]

Incubators[edit]

By fall 2016, all student services will be temporarily located in the former Business incubators. These services include: advising, registration, financial aid, student activities, the bursar’s office, career services, transfer services and more.

The business outreach and educational programs divisions of the Workforce Development Institute will be here.

When student services transition to the new building, administrative offices including Strategic Marketing and Communications, Finance, Administration and Human Resources, will be located here.

The former science incubators will serve as the temporary location for the bookstore beginning in fall 2016. Public safety will open a small office here in 2016 and expand when the bookstore moves to the new building. At that time, the Office of Information Technology will occupy the rest of the building.

Pedestrian improvements will also better integrate the building with the rest of the campus. [9]

Briggs Road Center[edit]

Located at 1000 Briggs Road. This building is mainly used for classrooms as well as meeting rooms.

In spring of 2017 The Briggs Road Center will become home to the college’s new Health Sciences Division. All nursing, dental hygiene, imaging and health information technology courses will be taught from Mount Laurel.

The building’s exterior will be enhanced and reoriented the entrance so it faces the rest of the campus. Pedestrian and traffic improvements will also better integrate the building with the main campus. [10]

New Student Success Center[edit]

A new state-of-the-art Student Success Center will open in fall 2017 and include a one-stop student success services center, library, bookstore and dining facilities. The new center will also house offices for Rowan University and other universities that offer programs on the Mount Laurel campus.

The college plans to begin construction by fall 2016.

The building will sit on the front of the campus by the Science Building to create a campus quad with existing college buildings. [11]

Pemberton Campus[edit]

The Lewis M. Parker Center[edit]

The Parker Center is RCBC's original classroom and lab building. This facility contains classrooms, two lecture halls, the campus theater, student lounge, the college's radio station WBZC, bookstore, cafeteria, test center, science labs, administrative offices, and dental hygiene lab where visitors can get a $5 teeth cleaning by students. It is built around the theme of hexagonal angles and appears as a key from the air.

The Academic Building[edit]

The Academic Center opened for classes in February 1994. This building contains multipurpose computer labs, multimedia classrooms, and administrative offices.

The Integrated Learning Resource Center/Library (ILRC)[edit]

The Integrated Learning Resource Center/Library houses an online catalog, a law collection, children's reading area, Pinelands Room, Career Adaptive Learning Literacy lab with computers and assistive devices for students with special needs, periodicals and non-print media, a collection of classic films, reference works, leisure reading materials, study rooms and meeting facilities with videoconferencing capabilities.

The Physical Education Center[edit]

The Physical Education Center houses the College's indoor pool, 1500-seat gymnasium, the RCBC Fitness Center with exercise and weight training facilities and spas, two classrooms, and locker rooms. Nearby are the campus tennis courts, baseball, softball and soccer fields, beach volleyball courts and bocce ball court.

Athletics[edit]

The sports teams are called the Barons. They compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

History[edit]

  • 1966 - Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders founds Burlington County College with the appointment of a nine-member board of trustees. The trustees elect Lewis M. Parker as their first chair.
  • 1967 - The College's Board of Trustees appoint Dr. N. Dean Evans as the founding president.
  • 1969 - Burlington County College opens in temporary facilities at Lenape High School, Medford, with 728 full-time and 323 part-time students.
  • 1971 - BCC moves into its first two permanent structures on the Pemberton Campus: the multileveled college center and the health and physical education building.
  • 1972 - Two reasons to celebrate: BCC graduates its first students and receives accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 1974 - BCC opens its first daytime off-campus facility in Willingboro to accommodate growing enrollment
  • 1975 - First production of Foundation Theatre, Burlington County's only non-profit professional theatre company, housed on BCC's Pemberton Campus
  • 1979 - BCC welcomes new president, Dr. Harmon Pierce, who opens second off-campus center in Cinnaminson
  • 1987 - Dr. Robert Messina, Jr. becomes BCC's third president and expands community outreach sites.
  • 1990 - BCC establishes the Learning Institute for Elders (LIFE), offering academic, cultural and social opportunities for county residents over 55 years old.
  • 1994 - The first classes are offered in the new Academic Center, Pemberton Campus
  • 1995 - Opening of the Technology & Engineering Center, Mt. Laurel Campus, a joint venture with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); the first broadcast of BCC's radio station, WBZC 88.9 FM
  • 1996 - The Integrated Learning Resource Center/Library opens on the Pemberton Campus and WBZC is named National College Radio Station of the Year.
  • 1998 - BCC's innovative High Technology Small Business Incubator opens on the Mt. Laurel Campus to encourage the growth of entrepreneurial businesses.
  • 1999-2000 - BCC maintains Middle States accreditation in ten-year renewal requirement and celebrates four "Milestones at the Millennium": 30th Anniversary of College opening, 25th Anniversary of Foundation Theatre, 10th Anniversary of LIFE and 5th Anniversary of WBZC 88.9 FM.
  • 2001 - College attains highest enrollment in its history for the Fall semester. Health Center opens on Pemberton Campus to serve students and staff.
  • 2002 - College opened The Enterprise Center at BCC, the Science Building, Academic Replacement Center and Central Power Plant on its Mt. Laurel Campus. Dr. Robert C. Messina celebrates his 15th year as BCC President.
  • 2003 - BCC renamed the Academic Replacement Center to Laurel Hall and dedicated the Pavilion connecting the Science Building and the Enterprise Center at BCC honoring The Vottas who owned the farm on which the Mount Laurel Campus currently resides. BCC also moved its Willingboro Center to Route 130 in the Willingboro Town Center.
  • 2004 - The newest site, The Mount Holly Center, opened its doors in October 2004. It moved the Business and Career Development Center which occupied 60 High Street to its current location at the corner of High and Mill Streets in Downtown Mount Holly.
  • 2005 - The College Opened the Student Gallery and Art Store, a student run facility in the Mount Holly center to showcase and sell original artwork and supplies. This year also saw record breaking enrollment.
  • 2006 - The college entered into a partnership with Drexel University, Drexel at BCC, to bring Drexel faculty to the Mount Laurel Campus to offer bachelor's degree programs.
  • 2007 - The college entered into a partnership with Wilmington University, Wilmington University at BCC, to bring WU faculty to the Mount Laurel Campus to offer bachelor's degree programs.
  • 2015 - The college entered into a partnership with Rowan University, renamed Burlington County College as the Rowan College at Burlington County, to bring RU faculty to the Mount Laurel Campus to offer bachelor's degree programs.

Radio station[edit]

WBZC is a college-run FM radio station broadcasting at 88.9 mHz and owned by Rowan College at Burlington County. It also broadcasts from 95.1 FM in some regions, including Mt. Holly.

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