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A Historical Exhibit of the Women March and a Program on Employment Options in STEM

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Bookkeepers and stenographers marching in New York City, 1911, New-York Historical Society Library

Participate in the Women’s History Month events at County College of Morris (CCM) and walk-through time with a virtual tour of the New York Historical Society’s “Women March” and learn about STEM career opportunities for women.

In conjunction with The Women’s Center, the Commemoration Committee at CCM will present “Women in STEM: Know Your Career Options” via Zoom on Thursday, March 11, at 12:30 p.m.

The American Association of University Women’s notes that women make up only 28 percent of the STEM workforce. Employers are looking to fill that gap. Take part in this CCM’s Women’s History Month event and find out what opportunities are available. The panelists and topics they will cover are:

For more information and to obtain the ZOOM link, email

The Commemoration Committee also will present a virtual tour of the New York Historical Society’s “Women March” exhibit on Tuesday, March 30, at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. Viewers will gain insight into 200 years of women’s activism, while celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage and the passage of the 19th Amendment. Leading the tour is a curator from New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. The interactive virtual presentation uses photographs, campaign posters and historic footage to uncover the stories of women throughout the centuries who organized and marched to end slavery, win the vote and protect reproductive rights, among other crucial causes.

For more information and a link to participate, email


Sharing a View of the Civil Rights Movement Through the Eyes of Dr. King

James LucasIn celebration of Black History Month, County College of Morris (CCM) has scheduled an exceptional performance with actor James Lucas.

“Reflections: The Life and Times of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” featuring Lucas, will take place online and premier on CCM’s YouTube channel Tuesday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. To view this free one-time premier, go to

Martin Luther King Jr MemorialDon’t miss Lucas’s powerful and insightful reflection on the civil rights movement as seen through the eyes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Lucas is well known for his portrayals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who became a driving force for the nonviolent struggle against racism and inequality. Lucas travels the country giving his powerful renditions of King’s “I Have a Dream,” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speeches and other one-man performances of the civil rights leader. President Bill Clinton described Lucas’ portrayal, “The most authentic and exhilarating King I have ever seen.”

The program also will feature a prerecorded question and answer session hosted by Professor John Williford, chair of the Department of Psychology and Education at CCM.


CCM Bus Trip to the American Museum of Natural History



Dr. Jill Schennum to Speak on the Decline of Unions and Economic Inequality – Posted 9/12/16

Dr. Jill Schennum, chair of the Department of Sociology, Economics and Anthropology at County College of Morris (CCM), will present at the Pennsylvania Labor History Society and Steelworkers’ Archives conference later this month on the decline of unions and economic disparity.

Schennum is one of four people scheduled to speak at the society’s annual conference to be held September 16 – 17 at St. John’s Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. She will speak on September 17.

Schennum, of Blairstown, earned her Ph.D. from CUNY in 2011. Her dissertation, “Bethlehem Steelworkers: Reshaping the Industrial Working Class,” focused on the economic inequality that resulted from the loss of union jobs when Bethlehem Steel closed in 2003.

Having worked in Bethlehem as a social worker during the 1980s, Schennum was struck by the image of the steel mills, which gave her a passion to learn more. As a professor of anthropology at CCM since 1998, Schennum continues to research the lives of former steelworkers and the decline of Bethlehem Steel. She has since turned her dissertation into a book, which she expects will be published next year.

CCM Groundbreaking 1967

Dr. Sherman H. Master breaks ground for the construction of County College of Morris, 1967. Beside him is James Henderson, the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

County College of Morris (CCM) is located on 222 acres of rolling terrain in Randolph. The college first opened its doors to students in 1968 after Henderson Hall, the first building on campus, was completed. The first class consisted of 592 full-time and 703 part-time students. Enrollment grew quickly, and by the fall of 1969 five additional buildings were under way: the library, later named the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center after CCM’s first president; Sheffield Hall; the Physical Education Building; the Student Community Center and a service building; all completed by 1970.

In the fall of 1973, two additional academic buildings, Cohen and DeMare halls, along with a planetarium, were completed. Through the 1970s, enrollment at the college continued to grow as CCM established itself as one of the premier community colleges in New Jersey. In 1982, the college reached its highest enrollment of 12,012 credit students, with thousands of additional individuals enrolled in certificate programs. That same year the Dalrymple House was renovated.

After two decades of leadership, President Masten retired in 1986 and Dr. Edward J. Yaw became the second president of CCM. Under his leadership, the college continued to grow. In 1989, Emeriti Hall was added and in May 1993 the college completed a 20,000 square-foot expansion of the library. The expansion contained television and audio production studios, additional library seating areas and a 45-seat conference room.

Expansion of the campus continued in 1994 with the construction of two additions that joined the three academic buildings. The 20,417 square-foot expansion added classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, student lounges and an expanded cafeteria. In 1997, the college added a six-lane aquatic facility to the Health and Physical Education Building that is used by the college and local high schools.

In 2004, the college broke ground for the renovation and expansion of the Student Community Center. By the Fall 2005 Semester, the building was open for students to enjoy. All enrollment and counseling functions were brought together in that facility including Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Advisement, the Bursar and Counseling. The project also included an expanded campus store, renovated auditorium, cafeteria, game room and television lounge. One more exciting feature included a teaching kitchen, plus a dining/conference room for the Hospitality Management Program.

Henderson Hall

Henderson Hall

Following completion of the Student Community Center project, the college renovated Henderson Hall, CCM’s oldest building which opened in 1968. The renovation, completed in the spring of 2008, houses most of the administrative functions of the college, plus four general purpose classrooms and two corporate business training rooms. That same year, the college celebrated its 40th anniversary. In those 40 years, CCM had graduated more than 40,000 students who were employed in all sectors of the county, most notably half of the county police force and half of the county nurses.

The 2008-09 academic year was also marked by more renovations. Many parking lots, sidewalks, stairs and athletic fields were renovated. In addition, nursing laboratories were renovated along with major renovations to the interior and exterior of Emeriti Hall. During the 2010-11 academic year, the Academic Complex underwent a major renovation including the installation of energy-efficient lighting. That year the college also started construction of a new Landscape and Horticultural Technology building as its first LEED certified building. Included among the building’s many green features are geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic roof panels, and a vegetated flat roof and rain collection system.

Building upon the college’s sustainability efforts, the Morris County Improvement Authority in 2012 installed solar panels over Parking Lots 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and on the rooftop of the Student Community Center. New exterior energy-efficient lighting also was installed by the college throughout the campus.

Also in 2012, the college purchased a one-story commercial building on Route 10 in Randolph as its first major expansion in nearly four decades. The 15,500 square-foot building located at 675 Route 10 East allowed the college to increase classroom space to meet growing academic needs and provided for a new access road to and from Route 10.

In 2014, the college completed an extensive renovation to the Masten Learning Resource Center (LRC), which included consolidating the library on the second floor, a major expansion of the college’s gallery and the addition of a café. Also in 2014, Rutgers entered into a partnership with the college to offer bachelor degree programs on the CCM campus.

In 2015, the Media Center, located within the LRC, was renovated and renamed in honor of late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce. That renovation was funded with $1 million from the Morris County Board of Freeholders’ capital budget and $900,000 raised by the CCM Foundation in individual, corporate, private foundation and public support.

In early 2016, the college opened its Music Technology Center, a state-of-the-art facility that houses the digital media technology, drama, media technology, music and music recording academic programs. The facility includes an experimental theater lab – theater in-the-round – that serves as a large hands-on classroom with a recording studio. Also included are two standard classrooms, an electronic music/aural comprehension classroom and piano lab, a second recording studio, scene shop, dressing rooms and multiple student practice rooms. The $8.5 million facility was constructed with funds provided through the Building Our Future Bond Act that was approved by New Jersey voters in 2012.

Iacono Inauguration

Dr. Anthony J. Iacono is inaugurated as the third President of CCM on October 6, 2017.

After serving as president for 30 years, Yaw retired in 2016 and Dr. Anthony J. Iacono became the college’s third president.

In 2017, the college became the first community college in New Jersey to gain designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

In 2018, as part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebrations, CCM launched a historic $2.1 million FORWARD Capital Campaign focused on funding programs and facility upgrades, including the Paragano Family Foundation Healthcare Simulation Center, a Cyber Security Suite, an enhanced Culinary Arts Training facility, a new Manufacturing and Engineering building, student scholarships and the Faculty Innovation Fund. Also in 2018, the college developed two new academic programs in animation and virtual reality to meet the demand for employees in these rapidly growing areas.

Works from the ARTS By The People Founder and an Exploration of State History

Paul Rabinowitz PhotoThe Art & Design Gallery at County College of Morris (CCM) currently is hosting two exhibitions: “Retrospective with Reading Glasses” featuring the work of Paul Rabinowitz, founder of ARTS By The People, and the “Ties that Bind” a display detailing the history of race relations in Morris County and New Jersey.

“Retrospective with Reading Glasses” is a mixed media exhibition that uses a combination of photographs, videos and short poems by Rabinowitz to tell the story of an evolving artist. The exhibition is divided into multiple rooms, each one its own chapter of the artist’s progression, starting with more classical black and white photos and moving through to color photos. The pictures become grittier and more saturated as the artist finds his voice. The poetry that accompanies the photos tell a similar story, the speaker often addressing a familiar “you,” which can be interpreted by readers as themselves, the artist, the model in the photograph or even a loved one.

Reading glasses are an instrument that make clear what is already on the page; this carefully curated exhibit does the same, showing the story of growth, evolution and bravery apparent in Rabinowitz’s raw materials.

Rabinowitz is an author, photographer and founder of ARTS By The People, a non-profit arts organization based in Morristown. His photography, short fiction and poetry have appeared in many magazines and journals including New World Writing, Pif Magazine, Courtship of Winds, Burningword, Evening Street Press, The Montreal Review, The Metaworker, Adirondack Review, Bangalore Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, The Oddville Press and others.

Rabinowitz was a featured artist in Nailed Magazine in 2020, nominated for Best of the Net in 2021 for his Limited Light photo series, and also nominated for the Maria Mazziotti Gillan Literary Service Award. He is the author of “Limited Light,” a book of prose and portrait photography, and a novella, “The Clay Urn.”

”The Ties That Bind” exhibition, a joint project of Bethel Church in Morristown and CCM, details how New Jersey’s history includes enslavement of African Americans and the existence of free black communities. Black and white residents either helped each other or stood in the way of equality and equity for all. At times, the fate of the black and white communities was “tied” to each other. Visitors can explore how these ties existed and changed over time in Morris County and New Jersey and consider how those ties manifest now.

Both exhibitions run through November 18. The CCM gallery is located in the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m., Friday’s noon to 4 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photo by Paul Rabinowitz

Completely Online, High-Engagement Offerings Designed for Success

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County College of Morris (CCM) is excited to announce newly added and completely online program offerings through its Virtual Campus (VC). Busy adults, those hesitant about in-person learning and people looking to pursue a better career can better fit classes into their schedule and enjoy the convenience of learning at home with CCM’s VC.


All of the VC offerings are designed to be fully online with high-engagement opportunities and support services. As online programs, the VC provides a flexible option for people looking to earn a degree or certificate, along with those looking to enhance their skillset with specific courses to advance in their careers.

Online associate degree programs offered are:

Certificate programs offered are:Young African American woman working on laptop

Additional certificate programs starting with the 2022 Spring Semester are:

Courses designed for those looking to upskill and advance in their profession are:

“There are no on-campus requirements, such as proctored exams at the college, and all our courses provide high-engagement opportunities to build relationships with professors and fellow students,” says Dr. Shelley Kurland, dean of the Virtual Campus. “What we offer is a true flexible online learning environment and the ability for students to network and socialize virtually.”

To learn more about the CCM Virtual Campus, visit

Providing Access to a High-Quality Education for Diverse Populations

Adult female student working on a computerComing through the other side of the pandemic, County College of Morris (CCM) is poised to continue changing lives and strengthening communities with more momentum than ever. As the community’s college, CCM’s strong student success rates and innovative career-focused programs provide pathways for anyone aspiring to secure a better future and be part of something exceptional.

CCM’s advances in becoming a comprehensive community college have not gone unnoticed. This year alone, CCM gained several new rankings, including:

The college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion similarly is evidenced by the increase in the number of scholarships and other aid it awards – now totaling more than $20 million a year, allowing students to graduate with minimum to zero debt. The CCM Foundation also created an emergency fund for students needing money for unanticipated expenses. In addition, CCM obtained grant funding to help students to pay for childcare. The college also operates on-campus food pantries in partnership with nourish.NJ.

“I love the mission of community colleges. We were built for impact by ensuring life-changing opportunities for members of our communities,” says Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, president of CCM. “We change lives and strengthen communities in ways that have a profound impact on our social, cultural and economic systems. CCM takes great pride in serving individuals from all backgrounds with various needs and interests, while being central to helping make Morris County a great place to live, work and play.”

Throughout the pandemic, CCM continued to focus on becoming a comprehensive school that provides clear pathways for all students to pursue their dreams. CCM’s pathways include helping learners who seek an associate degree, preparing those who desire to earn a bachelor’s degree, and providing certificates and other industry recognized credentials to gain a well-paying and rewarding career.

Partnering with industry and community leaders and listening to their needs have been a major focus at CCM. The result has led to new programs including paramedic science, built in partnership with Atlantic Health System. Since 2016, CCM has launched 16 new programs, 132 new classes, and dozens of new certificates. With a $4 million USDOL grant, CCM has launched an expansive Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship program that leads to rewarding careers throughout the region. These apprenticeships are developed with industry professionals and offered in CCM’s new regional Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center. Over the past year, apprenticeship programs were also developed to train certified nurse aids and pharmacy technicians. CCM also launched a paralegal program and a data analytics certificate that can be completed in eight months. The college is also preparing to offer a packaging design program. In addition, CCM launched its Dover College Promise program to provide middle and high school students with free afterschool tutoring and mentoring, along with scholarships to attend CCM upon graduation. This initiative will be expanded throughout Morris County to provide maximum opportunities for community members.

“Ensuring all members of the community have access to a great education that leads to rewarding careers and a fulfilling life is our mission. Increasing diversity and advancing equitable practices is now the cornerstone of CCM and it is upon this foundation that we build our next, and, I believe, most powerful chapter in our college’s history,” says Iacono. “We are the college for the community, the whole community. We have a seat for everyone with a dream. Our goal is helping you to achieve yours.”

To learn more about all CCM has to offer, visit You also can follow the college on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Recreating the Contributions of Morrison on the 50th Anniversary of His Passing

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CCM Professor of Music Joe Bilotti performing at an outdoor concert at CCM

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison and County College of Morris (CCM) Professor Joe Bilotti and his band The Soft Parade will be recognizing the music legend’s lasting contributions with a performance at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC).

The Soft Parade: Tribute to The Doors live performance takes place Friday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. at MPAC in Morristown on the Main Stage. Tickets are $29 – $49 and can be purchased at

Morrison, singer, songwriter and poet, was the lead vocalist of the rock band The Doors and is regarded as a major influential front man in rock history.

Graphic with black and white photo of man with long hair and the words "The Soft Parade: Tribute to The DoorsThe Soft Parade is known as the originators of the authentic Doors live experience and is one of the longest running and most successful of all tribute bands. The band also is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

“The band recreates, with stunning accuracy, the primal, poetic atmosphere of a vintage Doors concert,” says Bilotti, who teaches music at CCM. “The Soft Parade helped to spearhead an industry by pioneering the concept of the tribute band decades ago and has achieved international success as the very first authentic Doors tribute show.”

The Soft Parade, an international touring band, has performed for massive crowds in theaters, stadiums and festivals in more than 20 countries, including Germany, Chile, Israel, Italy, France, Spain, Costa Rica and Belgium. The Soft Parade also was the first-ever band to utilize vintage gear – instruments, clothing and look-alike members – to recreate The Doors live.

Along with Bilotti on guitar, the band consists of founding member and lead singer Joe Russo, who uncannily looks like Morrison and possesses an innate ability to channel the power, intensity and charisma of the rock legend, Mike Abel on keyboards and Vic Ruiz on drums.