The NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools recognized Rowan College Gloucester County President Fred Keating with the organization’s 2018 CTE Leadership Award on July 25.
“Dr. Keating is reshaping New Jersey’s higher education landscape by simultaneously building bridges and breaking down barriers,” said NJCCVTS Executive Director Judy Savage.
She pointed to the Rowan Work and Learn Consortium, which envisions seamless career pathways from the county vocational school to the county college to the four-year university with emphasis on stackable credentials that will count towards a degree as a model that is gaining attention and traction statewide.
Dr. Keating was the superintendent of Gloucester County Institute of Technology before going on to become president of the college. In that role, he strengthened the relationship with GCIT, and became an outspoken proponent of dual credit programs as a key strategy for addressing college affordability.
In accepting the leadership award, Dr. Keating said county vocational-technical schools can become the drivers of change in other counties by connecting with two- and four-year institutions to deliver more career-focused learning options for students and better need the needs of employers.