Increasing the Number of Students Who Are Academically Prepared for College

CCM is excited to announce, for the tenth year, having been selected to receive a College Readiness Now (CRN) X grant in an amount just over $50,000 to increase the number of high school graduates to be “college-ready”. Awarded by the State of New Jersey’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) the college plans to use the grant in the 2023-2024 fiscal year to continue its current programming in providing learning opportunities for students in need.    

Students taking a mathematics class at CCM.

Hands-on learning in small classrooms at CCM.

Due to the college’s incredibly successful partnerships with high schools in Morris County, participating twelfth-grade students may take a year-long equivalency course in mathematics taught by the district. Alternatively, those who are identified as not college-ready in mathematics may participate in an intense, five-week, summer bridge program. There are benefits to successfully completing this on campus before enrolling as a first-year student at CCM. For example, being exempt from the college’s math placement exam and ready to take college-level math courses, saving time and money. 

As a top-ranked community college in New Jersey, CCM is proud to be a key participant in increasing the number of high school graduates to be “college-ready.” The college has close ties with area high schools and looks forward to further strengthening and expanding its relationships. 

“We have been working with several school districts in Morris County to implement the year-long program,” says Marva Cole-Friday, Associate Director and Dual Enrollment & College Readiness Now Coordinator at CCM. “Our goal is to increase the percentage of college-ready students at CCM.”   

CCM is also working towards implementing a similar English as a Second Language program in hopes of an even greater student success rate.     

This non-competitive grant is funded by the State of New Jersey and administered by the Center for Student Success through the New Jersey Council of County Colleges with oversight by OSHE. All community colleges in New Jersey were invited to participate, however, participation was not mandatory.    

For more information about this exciting opportunity for the college, please contact Marva Cole-Friday, Associate Director and Dual Enrollment & College Readiness Now Coordinator at CCM, email:, 973-328-5105.