Two New Jersey community colleges took the unusual step of merging on Monday, according to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Rowan College at Gloucester County and Cumberland County College consolidated their institutions creating a regional community college in New Jersey called Rown College of South Jersey which will service about 10,000 students.
The merger represents an ongoing national effort to share resources amid declining enrollment and fiscal cutbacks.
The college will offer more than 120 degree and certificate programs.
New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday that the merger could be replicated in other parts of the state.
“County colleges were always outstanding, but nothing ever gave it the credentials and credibility that it has now,” Sweeney said. “We’re going to have a medical school on the campus of this college.”