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June 16, 2017

Ocean County College Receives National Endowment For The Arts Grant

Grant to support the Beyond the Classroom Stories of Service

Toms River, NJ – Ocean County College (OCC) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the Beyond the Classroom Stories of Service. The purpose of the Beyond the Classroom series is to engage both OCC students and members of the community on important topics in a safe environment that explores the human spirit.

Ocean County College’s Repertory Theatre and The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts will produce a program to give voice to the stories of Ocean County’s active military and veterans’ community.  The grant will help bring the community together to better understand the sacrifice military personnel and their families give to the country.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support the excellence and diversity of arts programs across the country, including organizations like Ocean County College that make the arts accessible to people in Ocean County and further enhances the vitality of their community,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

“It is important that our veterans’ stories be heard, archived, and told for future generations,” explained Mark Wilson, OCC Director of Cultural Affairs.  “With this generous $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, we will be able to accomplish our goal of letting members of the community understand the history of our veterans.”

About Ocean County College: For 50 years, Ocean County College has provided area residents with the opportunity to benefit from higher education.  A public two-year community college sponsored by Ocean County, the State of New Jersey, and the students of OCC, the College is located on 275 picturesque acres in the beautiful county seat of Toms River, NJ.  A publicly supported, comprehensive, open admissions institution, OCC is committed to providing high quality, postsecondary associate degree and certificate programs, and other learning opportunities on its Main Campus in Toms River, at the College’s Southern Education Center in Manahawkin, and at off-campus sites located throughout Ocean County.  For more information, call 732-255-0400.

About National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the federal agency that supports and funds the arts to give all Americans the opportunity to experience creativity and participate in the arts. NEA programs and funding support thousands of activities in communities large and small across the country. To learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts, please visit Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at @NEAarts.