Education Spotlight

Randolph High School Partners With County College of Morris for Free Developmental Summer Courses


RANDOLPH, NJ - The County College of Morris and RHS partnered to offer a “College Readiness Now” program to Randolph students who may need non-credit developmental courses before beginning their degree courses. This summer, the courses will be free for Randolph students, including books, tuition and fees.

Randolph educators Jonathan Olsen, Anthony Zimmons and Benjamin Horwitz detailed this new partnership currently only available to Randolph students at the June 19 Board of Education meeting.

Based on placement testing, CCM may require these developmental courses for students before beginning for-credit degree courses. The presentation explained these paid courses take time away from work opportunities for these students, and data proves students graduate at lower rates when they need to start with these courses.

Sign Up for E-News

They shared one study from the Public Policy Institute of California stating, “Only 16 percent of under-prepared students complete a degree or certificate and only 24 percent transfer after six years, compared to 19 percent and 65 percent, respectively, of their college-ready peers.”

“This is a national problem, so CCM has reached out to us to help create a program for some of our students who are looking to go to college there,” Olsen said. “Students need to enter into college with firm footing, and… when they go in with developmental ed courses, they get easily frustrated.”

Throughout the past two years, CCM professors provided feedback to English students, supplemental instruction during lunch and tours of the campus to learn about the facilities, Horwitz explained.

Students found the campus tours especially helpful, because “a lot of students who enroll there aren’t even aware of some of the opportunities that are there for them,” he said.

In the fall, seniors who were planning to enroll took a practice Accuplacer exam. During the spring tour of campus, these students took the official exam. Horwitz reported 17 students were able to take fewer or completely test out of developmental courses than when they took the practice test in the fall.

Emmons focused on the math program and believes this partnership will help to “inform the design of fourth-year math courses at RHS,” so more students can place out of these developmental courses.

By working directly with CCM faculty members, the students had a rewarding experience building relationships with these professors. Emmons commented many students believe they will not have the same access to college professors as their high school teachers, but that was not the case working with this partnership.

“They had a very personal, hands-on approach,” Emmons said, “so it was very rewarding for myself and everyone involved.”

To view the powerpoint presentation, click here.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Free Movie Night at Randolph Lake Fri. July 20

July 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC) and the Randolph Parks & Recreation Department are hosting a free outdoor family movie night on Friday, July 20 at Randolph Park Beach (Green Lane). All are welcome to attend.

The movie, Paddington 2, will begin at 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be sold at the snack stand. Admission to the lake is free after 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events


Mon, July 23, 9:30 AM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Nursery Rhyme Time

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Health & Wellness Other


Mon, July 23, 10:15 AM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph


Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education Other


Mon, July 23, 7:00 PM

Randolph Township Public Library, Randolph

The Break Lights

Community Calendar

Catriona Lucus Selected to Play in 2018 National Lacrosse Academy  

July 16, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- Catriona Lucus, a rising freshman at Randolph High School has been named as a 2018 Maverik National Lacrosse All-Star and has been selected to attend the Maverik National Lacrosse Academy to be held July 16-19, 2018 in Frederica, Delaware at the DE Turf Sportsplex.

Catriona plays on the DEWLAX 2022 West club lacrosse team as well as being chosen to play with the DEWLAX ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

Owner Died - Abby & Lily need a Furever Home!

July 22, 2018

Hi Editor, With your help, we need to create visibility for Abby & Lily to find that special person or family who wants to give these senior sisters the loving home they deserve together!  And one of your readers could be Abby and Lilly's HERO! 

I can be contacted at 973-895-9160 email

Meet Abby & Lily,

These sweet siblings were ...

Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s New Floating Classroom Open for Public Cruises

July 22, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - The Lake Hopatcong Foundation this spring christened its new Floating Classroom, dubbed “Study Hull,” and has since educated nearly 800 local students aboard the vessel, a 40-foot pontoon boat. As the school year comes to an end, the lessons will continue: the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Floating Classroom will run 90-minute trips from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday ...

Local Kiwanis Clubs Support Children in Foster Care

Morristown, NJ-- Local Kiwanis Clubs of Greater Hamburg, Mount Olive, and Sussex have joined together to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Morris and Sussex Counties’ Project Graduation. The clubs are donating money to purchase gift cards which will be distributed to children and teens in foster care graduating from elementary, middle, and high school.


CASA of ...

Garden State Urology named a Center of Excellence by NAFC

Urology group recognized for exemplary care, dedication to patients

WHIPPANY, NJ – Garden State Urology, part of Atlantic Medical Group, was recently designated a Center of Excellence by the National Association for Continence.

Garden State Urology is a cooperative urology group that provides residents in northwestern New Jersey with a modern, integrated, comprehensive health care ...

Registration open for Randolph Hebrew with Early Bird Discount!

Entering its 17th year, Randolph Hebrew of Morris County has opened registration to new students for the upcoming school year that is set to begin on Sunday, September 16th.

Randolph Hebrew enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trend setter in creative Jewish education. It's well trained staff, cutting edge curriculum along with the teacher to student ration allows for individualized ...


July 22, 2018


Our rescue group needs more foster families, would you like to help us?

 Furever Home Dog Rescue needs foster homes!  As a shelterless rescue, we don’t have a building where our dogs are housed until they get adopted.  We are lucky enough to have loving foster families who open their hearts and homes to our dogs until they are placed. However, ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.




July 22, 2018


Our rescue group needs more foster families, would you like to help us?

 Furever Home Dog Rescue needs foster homes!  As a shelterless rescue, we don’t have a building where our dogs are housed until they get adopted.  We are lucky enough to have loving foster families who open their hearts and homes to our dogs until they are placed. However, ...