Marketa Dunbar – Example of Excellence

Portrait of Marketa Dunbar
Marketa Dunbar, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC)

Marketa Dunbar started her journey at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) in the spring of 2016. She is a first generation college student. Although she has endured many struggles and challenges in her life, she has never given up on her dream to pursue a college education. As a mother of three beautiful children, Marketa has worked effortlessly to provide a better future for herself and her children.

While enrolled at RCGC, she maintained a full academic load while also working part-time. Marketa has been an exemplary student achieving a GPA of 3.5 and that accomplishment has earned her membership into Phi Theta Kappa. Marketa’s ultimate goal is to become a Registered Nurse.

In the fall of 2018, Marketa will embark on the next chapter of her journey by attending Rutgers University-Camden campus’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.  She is truly an example of what hard work and dedication can achieve.

Turning Point Program at Rowan College

The Turning Point Program at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) is a program designed for students who are on the brink of academic collapse. Turning Point’s goal is to extend a life raft to students who find themselves on Academic Probation or Unsatisfactory Academic Progress (USAP). While on this life raft, discovering root causes for poor academic performances and increasing their GPA is also the goal of the Turning Point Program.

The Turning Point Program was modeled after a program started by the Educational Enhancement Program at Rider University. The model was developed to assist those students who were under achieving realize their potential and remain in college.

The Turning Point programming takes place over a 10-week academic semester. During those 10 weeks, student are required to attend advisement sessions, check in regularly with their Academic Support Coordinator, complete an Individualized Academic Plan tutoring, workshops, study groups and structured study sessions. All students are required to sign a contract outlining the requirements of the program that they must adhere to.

How does a student find themselves needing an academic life raft?

  • Students who have a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 that have been placed on Academic Probation.
  • Students who have not earned a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Students that are placed on USAP/USAP Progress Plan.
  • * Students who were on probation prior to the completion of an incomplete
  • * First semester freshman who did not do well academically in the EOF summer program.
    *Used at the discretion of the program.

The expectation and mission of the program is:

  • To improve academic performance.
  • To determine the underlying causes of the student’s academic difficulties.
  • To develop better study skills and daily habits.
  • To encourage the student to develop a new paradigm when it comes to their approach to learning.
  • To help students learn how to stop making excuses and take responsibility for their education.

NJ-OSHE is hiring for a software development specialist

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education is seeking applicants for this position.  The position will remain open until an appropriate candidate is identified.  Please review all of the criteria below and share! Instructions for how to apply are at the end of this post.

Title: Software Development Specialist 1
Range: P 21
Reference #: OSHE-2017-001
Position #: 051909
No. of Vacancies: 1 (one)
Salary: $51,529.95 – $72,953.46
Location: Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, 1 John Fitch Plaza, Trenton, NJ


The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education is seeking a software development specialist/data analyst to support our Research department. We are looking for a passionate, certified individual. The successful candidate will turn data into information, information into insight and insight into decisions.

The software development specialist/data analyst will be a part of a core team to move our current data system to a new platform. The software development specialist/data analyst should be adept with SQL and open to using other applications for statistical analysis. The responsibilities encompass conducting full lifecycle analysis, which include data requirement activities and application design. The software development specialist/data analyst will develop analysis and reporting capabilities. They will also monitor performance and quality control plans to identify improvements. Assists in the training of system users. This position requires someone with the following capabilities:

  • Proven working experience as a software development specialist/data analyst or business data analyst
  • Knowledge of computer programming design considerations and differences between various programming languages to determine which is best suited for various business needs
  • Technical expertise regarding data models, database design development, data mining and segmentation techniques
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with reporting packages (Business Objects etc.), databases (SQL etc.)
  • Knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analyzing datasets (Excel, R, SPSS, SAS etc.)
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Adept at query development, report writing and presentation of findings
  • Ability to learn new software applications for reporting and analysis


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Information Management or Statistics.

Experience: One (1) year of programming, systems programming or computer analysis experience. Familiarity with higher education data is a plus.


  • Applicants who do not possess the required education may substitute additional experience as indicated on a year-for-year basis.
  • A Master’s degree in Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Information Management or Statistics or other closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

RESIDENCY: In accordance with the New Jersey First Act P.L. 2011 c.70, effective September 1, 2011, new employees are required to obtain New Jersey Residency within one (1) year of employment.

Interested applicants that meet the requirements listed above should send a cover letter and resume to:

or send your mateirals to the

Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
Attn: Donna Fletcher-Lugo, Director, Executive Services
PO Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and is committed to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Lamont Repollet to be New Jersey’s next education commissioner

New Jersey Governoe-elect Phil Murphy announced Friday, January 12, that he’s nominating the superintendent of Asbury Park schools to be New Jersey’s next education commissioner — and tasked him with helping “revolutionize learning” in the state.

Murphy said Lamont Repollet — who has run the Monmouth County city’s school system since 2014 — will help him with some of his biggest goals for education: eliminating controversial PARCC testing and improving the state’s relationship with teachers … Read the complete article at:

Repollet is an alumni of Trenton State College — now the College of New Jersey — thanks to the Equal Opportunity Fund.