James “Jimmy” Crouse was certainly not your traditional student at Warren County Community College. The father of three and admitted former addict faced many challenges entering college. Yet, he endured remarkably, finishing near the top of his class academically last spring, was involved in student government, various college functions, and along the way earning the admiration of many other students, as well as staff, for his determination to succeed.
It was therefore no surprise when members of his graduating class elected him to be the Alumni Representative on this year’s Board of Trustees. Crouse was officially sworn in to his new position at the board’s September meeting. He will serve a one-year term and during this time he hopes to make a difference with his alma mater and with the future of the college.
“Jimmy is a real hero,” said WCCC President Dr. Will Austin. “He has overcome enormous odds to become a true leader, someone that people can look up to and appreciate. He is an inspiration for all of us.”
“James couldn’t be a better choice,” added Peter Schmidt, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “He definitely has the heart of the college in mind first and foremost.”
Crouse is currently a Psychology major at Centenary University in Hackettstown. Upon completion of his Bachelors, he will be seeking a Masters in counseling. Ultimately he wants to help individuals with addictions overcome their odds.
“I am honored that my fellow classmates at Warren County Community College elected me to represent the student body in board meetings,” he humbly said. “As Alumni Trustee I plan to consider and pass forward the best interests of the future of the college and how it relates to Warren County as a whole. I plan to bridge the gap between the current students and the trusted servants of the board. I was very active during my time at the college and hope to embrace the experience I had with the other students to represent their concerns in the decision making process of board members. I enjoy working with others and look forward to working with all the board members as we move into the future of Warren County Community College.”
Warren County Community College offers a wide range of certificate, continuing education, and degree programs designed to help students enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university. Providing students in Warren County and the surrounding areas with a convenient and cost-effective way to further their education and career goals, WCCC is truly committed to “Learning Without Limits.” For more information on Warren County Community College, visit www.warren.edu or call 908-835-9222.
(Photo by Cathy Miller)