The program, launched in 2011, invites state legislators to live on campus for a few days and interact with students and faculty. Sen. Christopher J. Connors was one of the first legislators to participate in the program.
“It is truly a privilege to be named as Stockton’s Legislator-In-Residence, which will provide me with the unique opportunity to participate in this engaging and innovative program,” Rumpf said in a prepared statement. “The Program’s goals are consistent with Stockton’s tremendous reputation for enhancing students’ interaction with government and other entities to enhance students’ overall educational experience.
“While on campus, I intend to discuss my experiences as a State Legislator, including my service on various Assembly Committees as well as my legislative efforts to combat the escalating heroin trade, enhance our area’s transportation infrastructure and protect the Barnegat Bay. However, I am most interested in listening to students and faculty and understanding their views on state issues of interest.”
and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove were present during the ribbon-cutting
ceremony at the new Unified Science Center at Stockton on Sept. 18, and
Connors, Rumpf and Gove all sponsored legislation that established the VeTeach pilot program
at the college.
The program helps those who served in the armed forces on or after Sept. 11, 2001 obtain a baccalaureate degree and complete the necessary requirements to apply to the State Board of Examiners for a certificate of eligibility, with advanced standing.
They would then be able to seek employment as a teacher in grades K-8, as well as certain secondary education fields.
“This is an exciting time for Stockton,” Rumpf said. “The College continues to serve as a leader in the state’s higher education community and plays an increasing role as a vital economic engine for the area. Along with my 9th District colleagues, Senator Chris Connors and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, I am committed to representing Stockton’s interests in continuing to provide the highest quality education to its students and serve as an active leader in the community.”