The Mount Olive School District and County College of Morris reached an agreement on the college's first dual enrollment program, providing Mount Olive students with the opportunity to take CCM courses and earn college credit. Mount Olive High School teachers, working in close contact with CCM professors, will teach the courses at MOHS during the regular school day.

The program will begin this fall with four courses offered initially: audio engineering, music theory, industrial design, and advanced art. The courses will be identical in content to the courses taught at CCM. Through the program, participating students also will have access to CCM resources including the college library, tutoring services, and academic advisement. The regular in-county CCM tuition rate will be discounted for Mount Olive students.

Dr. Robert Zywicki, superintendent of schools, and Dr. Anthony Iacono, CCM president, signed the agreement at a ceremony on the college campus on June 12.

"This has been a long effort over many years," said Dr. Zywicki at the ceremony. "Whenever there is an opportunity for kids, we find a way to make it happen. I think that's the legacy and reputation of Mount Olive. I look at this as two organizations in the landscape of education that keep pushing for innovation. If we're really going to talk about college and career readiness, if we're really going to talk about future-ready, these types of partnerships are incredibly important."

The dual enrollment program is expected to grow as the relationship between CCM and the district evolves.

"Our goal is not what we have today, we haven't reached the finish line," said Dr. Iacono. "We have built one heck of a starting place. Mount Olive has long been an exceptional school district and CCM has had 50 years of extraordinary success, but I think this is going to make the district and the college even stronger. We're going to change a lot of lives in the process."

The new partnership with CCM will start this summer with a pre-calculus course to be taught at MOHS by a CCM professor. High school students and several middle school students will participate and earn college credit.

Mount Olive Board of Education President Liz Ouimet was a driving force behind the dual enrollment initiative. Susan Breton, district director of social emotional learning, and BOE members Dr. Asunta Beardsley and Dr. Antoine Gayles, professional educators who serve on the BOE's curriculum committee, were also instrumental in making the program a reality.

Liz Ouimet, Mount Olive Board of Education president, and (far right) Paul Licitra, chair of CCM's Board of Trustees and former Mount Olive Township mayor, watch as the agreement is signed by Dr. Robert Zywicki, superintendent of schools, and Dr. Anthony Iacono, CCM president

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