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More than 20 years of research in higher education points to the positive relationships between academic success and involvement in collaborative learning and co-curricular and leadership activities.  Employers at all levels demand that students learn not only the content of the disciplines, but also the teamwork and presentation skills necessary to succeed in a competitive global business environment. 

RVCC offers students the following opportunities to become engaged in co-curricular and leadership activities.

RVCC Students in library
Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Pi Chapter – the Honor Society for two-year colleges. Participation is limited to qualifying students; membership makes students eligible for highly regarded transfer scholarships. Selected achievements include:

Five Star recognition since 2003 (highest level of achievement)

2010-2011 Middle States Regional President

2010 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for outstanding community college executive officer, Dr. Casey Crabill

2010 Guistwhite Scholars – two RVCC students were among twenty students nationwide to receive this scholarship based on academic achievement and participation in Phi Theta Kappa

2010 New Century Scholar – one student was selected for outstanding achievement from the All USA Academic Team

2008-2009 International President

2009-2010 International Vice President

Service Learning Program – provides service to the community while fostering student skills and values that contribute to the improvement of society, to civic literacy, student learning and to students’ career resiliency. Selected achievements include:

2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  RVCC was one of only four community colleges in the country, and the only community college in New Jersey, to receive this prestigious honor.

2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll from the Corporation for National and Community Service. RVCC was the only community college to receive the honor from among 780 applicants nationwide.

2009 Economic Vitality Award from the Somerset County Business Partnership

2008 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. RVCC is one of nine community colleges nationwide—and the only community college in New Jersey—to receive this honor.

Student Government Association (SGA) – is the student governing body for all enrolled students. As participants in the SGA, students have the opportunity to apply leadership skills to organizing campus events and activities that contribute to student life on campus. The SGA also plays an important role in the governance of the College and participates in campus wide decision making and strategic planning. Student Government is also involved in the process of distributing student activity funds to the College’s student clubs. Some examples of student clubs include:

The Record - RVCC’s online newspaper.

Social Justice Club - raises awareness of social and political issues such as discrimination and educates the campus about various world cultures.

Student Nurses Association - encourages interest in nursing as a career and seeks to provide educational and skill building opportunities for its members.

Business Club - explores modern business practices.

Education Club - promotes teaching as a profession.

Paralegal Club - fosters interest in paralegal careers and provides educational and skill-building opportunities for members.

RVCC Student Ambassadors - assists in facilitating various promotional activities with the College such as: New Student Orientation, Commencement, Campus Experience and Open Houses.

Club Unity - instills unity, respect, sound leadership and cultural pride of a multicultural student base.

Raritan Environmental Action League - seeks to positively affect the community and create environmental awareness and eco-friendly living by making the campus more “green” through education and community projects.

Orgullo Latino Student Club - provides campus-wide awareness and appreciation of Hispanic Americans, their contributions and history. Provides outreach programs to encourage Hispanic high school students in our local communities to seek post-secondary education.



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