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May 8, 2020

OCC President’s Message on Instruction During Coronavirus Pandemic

OCC_President Dr. Larson

A message from Ocean County College President Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.

Ocean County College is providing high quality, affordable, remote instruction in all classes during the mandated campus closure and will continue for as long as necessary. All classes will be delivered remotely through August 31, 2020. Thereafter, OCC is prepared to offer in the fall semester both remote instruction and limited, select courses on campus that require laboratory experiences, including Nursing and STEM disciplines, with the approval of New Jersey’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.

Under the guidance of epidemiological scientists and the terms of all State and Federal executive orders, College officials are currently developing a plan to partially open the campus for in-person instruction. The reopening plan will include specific, strictly-enforced requirements for social distancing, wearing personal protective equipment, and other reasonable measures to protect our students, faculty, staff, and their families from COVID-19 infection.

We anticipate that many students, and their parents as well, will not wish to risk exposure by close contact in traditional classroom and dormitory settings and will opt for the world-class instruction for which Ocean County College has been ranked nationally as a top-ten leader. We recommend that students and families consider either the option of limited on-campus instruction in some disciplines or, the safest option, remote instruction from OCC.

As you make enrollment decisions, we urge you to consider the cost, convenience, and quality advantages of enrolling at OCC, where annual tuition, including most fees and all books, will average $5,250. Compare that to Rutgers University, where the 2020 annual tuition is estimated at $15,407, excluding books and living expenses. We ask, “Why pay more for remote instruction?” Why not enroll at the most well prepared, highest quality remote instruction college in New Jersey, Ocean County College.

All of OCC’s credits transfer to all in-state universities and most out-of-state universities. After completing an Associate Degree, students are guaranteed by State law to be admitted to any public New Jersey university as a junior. Graduates also have the option of remaining on the OCC campus to complete a Bachelor’s Degree at Kean University or transferring to one of our many partner universities, some of which allow students to complete three years at OCC and one year online. All of these options are surprisingly affordable and can make a debt-free Bachelor’s Degree a reality for OCC graduates.

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