Ocean County College (N.J.) renews higher education services contract with Collegis

November 19, 2003

(Maitland, Fla. and Toms River, N.J. — November 18, 2003) — Ocean County College renewed an agreement with its long-time technology partner Collegis, a higher education services company, to lead its administrative technology management efforts and assist in the development of online learning models.

Collegis and OCC have agreed to a five-year contract renewal with a two-and-a-half-year option, which could bring the total investment to approximately $21 million. The new contract becomes effective in January 2004 and will feature a full range of technology management services, including network and desktop support, help desk and telecommunications services and full management of the IT staff.

New services include expanded telephony, involving voice over IP, network operations center (NOC) monitoring, Web services and strategic planning for resource development and enhanced academic services and support.

Hoping to help combat the national shortage of trained nurses, OCC and Collegis will also work together on a groundbreaking one-day-per-week RN program. The curriculum will combine traditional learning models with technology-based components to give the student the best possible experience and training.

To fund the development of this program, the College recently received a three-year, $448,000 grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its New Jersey Health Initiatives Workforce Agenda program. The program also includes a comprehensive outcomes assessment that will compare online and blended course methodologies to those offered exclusively in the traditional classroom setting.

“The nursing program addresses an obvious and essential community need for quality health care professionals, and it reflects Ocean County College’s concerns for economic development throughout our region,” said OCC President Jon H. Larson, Ph.D. “Our relationship with Collegis has been built on trust and successful delivery and we have great hopes for continued success, academic enhancement and revenue generation because of this new agreement.”

Collegis, based in suburban Orlando, Fla., serves more than 100 higher education clients nationwide, including seven others in New Jersey: Bergen Community College, Brookdale Community College, Burlington County College, Camden County College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Seton Hall University and NJ Edge.net.

About Collegis Inc. (www.collegis.com)
Collegis provides education, business and technology services to higher education institutions, helping them better serve their constituents. Founded in 1986, Collegis helps improve the delivery of education, increase student recruitment and retention, and increase revenues while stabilizing and reducing costs. Collegis offers unparalleled knowledge, expertise and accountability exclusive to the unique needs of higher education.

About Ocean County College (www.ocean.edu)
Ocean County College is a public two-year community college sponsored by Ocean County and the State of New Jersey. As the first county college in New Jersey, OCC opened its doors on September 14, 1966. The College’s main campus is situated on 275 picturesque acres in the beautiful county seat of Toms River, with additional sites including the OCC Southern Education Center in Stafford Township, and the OCC Center for Business Education and Training in Brick Township. OCC offers degree, certificate, credit, noncredit, transfer, honors, career, licensing, customized training, and continuing and professional education programs, along with day, evening, weekend, Internet and distance learning courses.

Matt Gomez
Director of Media Relations
Collegis Inc.
2300 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 340
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 660-1199 ext. 2504
(407) 421-9365 cell.