Specialized Programs

Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program

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Located at the end of Parking Lot 1, this is a USEPA-funded program that, together with federal agencies, the state of New Jersey, Ocean County, local municipalities, and non-govern-mental organizations, helps restore, maintain, protect and enhance the natural resources of the Barnegat Bay Estuary and its contributing watershed. Congress established the National Estuary Program in 1987 to promote comprehensive planning, conservation, and management of nationally significant estuaries threatened by pollution, development or overuse, and to encourage the preparation of management plans for those estuaries. The Barnegat Bay Partnership was accepted into the program in 1995. In May 2002, the plan was approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Barnegat Bay Partnership is one of only 28 estuary programs in the United States and Puerto Rico that has been accepted into the program. Staff members are available to work with student clubs. They have a small library of environmental reference materials, including journals, published studies, videos, DVD’s, CD’s, and materials to provide educational programs for children. The Barnegat Bay Partnership works with a myriad of federal, state, and local government agencies and non-government organizations and can be a resource for students to get involved in many ways. There is also opportunity for student internships.

For further information, contact Dr. Stan Hales, Director, (732) 255-0472 or email shales@ocean.edu.

Department of Continuing and Professional Education

The Department of Continuing and Professional Education meets the lifelong learning needs of the Ocean County community. We offer career track certificate programs, professional development courses, customized training for organizations and businesses, leisure activities, trips, and children’s camps. Through our Academy for Lifelong Learning Program, we offer a membership program that provides “rewards” (discounts) to area businesses. Courses to meet the needs and desires of the adult community can be found at their site. We provide community residents with a delivery system that is accessible, affordable, efficient, and effective. To learn more and to view the selection of courses and programs in our brochure, logon to our website at www.ocean.edu/cpe.htm.

For more information, contact Deborah A. Robinson, Director, (732) 255-0409, drobinson@ocean.edu

The Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence promotes student success in the first year by offering opportunities for academic engagement and campus involvement. Services include: First Year Experience Course- ACAD 155, Peer Mentoring, Peer Tutoring, Disability Services, Study Strategy Seminars, NJ Stars Enrichment, and the New Faculty Series.

For more information, contact 732.255.0456.

PASS Program (Project academic Skills Support)

A college-level program designed to assist students with learning disabilities. Students who have been classified while attending elementary and/ or high school, or who have been previously undiagnosed but who are currently experiencing academic difficulty, are eligible for appropriate services. OCC is one of five college recognized as a Regional Center for students with learning disabilities providing services which enable students to succeed in a college environment. For more information, contact Christine Psolka, (732) 255-0456, cpsolka@ocean.edu.

English as a Second Language

Students entering OCC who are non-native speakers of English identified as needing English language training will be referred to the English as a Second Language (ESL) program for assistance through a number of specialized courses and labs. For more information, contact Assistant Professor of English Richard Bailey, ESL Advisor, (732) 255-0400, ext. 2274 or Connie Ross, ESL Lab Technician, ext. 2252

International Education

Students, college faculty and staff, and members of the college community have opportunities to travel to international destinations through The Academy for Lifelong Learning. These programs are usually offered during semester breaks. Recent short-term studies abroad have included Theatre in London (England), and The World of Maya (Central America / Mexico). Some of our travel abroad programs can earn students up to three credits.

For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs, Richard Strada, Interim Vice President, (732) 255-0400 ext. 487, rstrada@ocean.edu.

Senior Citizens/ Silver Edge

County residents 62 years of age or older who are fully retired may enroll for credit courses on a space available basis with a reduced tuition. Silver Edge eligibility cards are available at the Ocean County Office on Senior Services at (732) 929-2091.

Small Business Assistance

If you are considering starting your own business or have a problem or questions regarding your present business, free and confidential counseling can be obtained from the Small Business Development Center by calling (732) 255-0468 or 0469 for an appointment here on campus.