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Transformation and celebration a success at RCBC Fest

Burlington County Freeholder Linda Hughes warms up for RCBC Fest by leading a one-mile Heart Walk around Rowan College at Burlington County's transformed Mount Laurel Campus

The community turned out in droves to celebrate the transformation of the Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel Campus at RCBC Fest on Sunday, Oct. 1.

“Rowan College at Burlington County’s new Mount Laurel Campus is something the entire Burlington County community can be proud of,” said Freeholder Hughes, county liaison to the college. “The newly opened, state-of-the-art Student Success Center and Health Sciences Center will help ensure that every student has the tools and resources they need to succeed in the classroom and after graduation in the workforce. RCBC Fest was the perfect opportunity for our community and prospective students to get together and experience the changes first-hand.”

RCBC has created the ultimate full-service campus experience in Mount Laurel that includes a new state-of-the-art Student Success Center and Health Sciences Center, and a completely redesigned campus quad. The complete transformation, which includes improvements in every building, took less than two years to complete.

“The transformation of Rowan College at Burlington County is incredible and none of it would have been possible without the support of our Freeholders, industry partners, community members and students and staff,” said Acting RCBC President Michael Cioce. “RCBC believes everyone should be able to access a high-quality college degree in an innovative environment that is indistinguishable from the best university campuses in the nation.”

RCBC Fest, which attracted more than 800 people to the new campus, featured free family fun, hands-on activities, an open house for future students, as well as a one-mile heart walk before the event.

To warm up for RCBC Fest, more than 50 RCBC staff, faculty, students, community members, as well as American Heart Association and Virtua volunteers, walked around the campus and quad to raise awareness for the American Heart Association’s 2017 Southern NJ Fall Heart Walk on Oct. 21.

Faculty and administrators representing RCBC’s academic programs, admissions office, personal and professional development, athletics, military services, and radio station set up shop in the Student Success Center’s new dining hall. The Student Success Center is the gateway to the newly transformed Mount Laurel Campus. It features a one-stop shop for student services from enrollment to academic planning, a knowledge commons library, bookstore, dining area and student life.

More than 100 prospective students and their families took guided tours of the new campus and attended workshops on financial aid and academic advising.

Outside, kids of all ages enjoyed an inflatable bounce house, slide and rock climbing, RCBC’s mobile virtual reality laboratory, sand art, a police K9 demonstration, drone flying, balloon animals, food, and other hands-on activities.

The final Celebration of Transformation event is the RCBC Arts Party at the Mount Holly Campus on Saturday, Oct. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. Burlington County Freeholder Linda Hughes and RCBC are inviting the community to celebrate the new arts and cultural offerings at the Mount Holly Campus and enjoy family-friendly hands-on activities and a barbecue courtesy of the college’s Culinary Arts program. The event is being held in conjunction with Mount Holly’s 15th Annual Car Show in the historic downtown. The RCBC Arts Party is free. For information or to RSVP, visit rcbc.edu/celebration.

Pictured: Burlington County Freeholder Linda Hughes warms up for RCBC Fest by leading a one-mile Heart Walk around Rowan College at Burlington County's transformed Mount Laurel Campus.