Last Updated: Apr 14th, 2017 - 13:52:25


The relationship between Hopewell and John Tyler strengthens
By LYNDON GERMAN
Apr 14, 2017, 13:50

John Tyler Community college has deep ties within the Hopewell Community. On Tuesday representatives from John Tyler gave a presentation to city council on how residents of Hopewell have become active John Tyler students.
Hopewell resident enrollments have increased over the past several years. According to John Tyler Community College President Dr. Edward Raspiller, in 2014-2015, 258 Hopewell residents were enrolled, in 2015-2016, there were 359 students.
Although 31 percent of those residents are enrolled in transfer credit programs, the number of students enrolled in certificate and technical programs has increased. The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) offers career-driven classes in advanced manufacturing, business, computer technology, criminal justice, education, engineering and more.
Through finical aid opportunities for credit and certificate programs as well as support training from local industrial and educational partners, John Tyler is preparing their students for immediate employment. Dr. Raspiller expressed his excitement in knowing that they are meeting needs of their nearby residents by investing in those career focused programs that have become very popular. Because of their programs success, John Tyler has planned to expand its Workforce Center in Chester to fulfill its studentsí needs.
Hopewell City Public School students have increased their involvement with


John Tylerís dual-enrollment program as well, growing from only 14 students in 2014-2015 to 116 in 2015-2016. 86 students are involved in early college preparation and seven students in their precision machining and welding program.
2017 marks John Tyler 50th anniversary. When John Tyler opened its doors in 1977, it served only 1,231 students, John Tyler granted more than 193,000 degrees and certificates. As a part of their celebration, the school has engaged in service projects through its Deeds Not Words initiative and will bury a time capsule, built by John Tyler welding students, as well.
Dr. Raspiller and his staff stressed John Tyler is committed to all of its students and partners. John Tyler Community College continues to be an important resource for the Hopewell community.

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