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News Release

November 12, 2019

Passaic County Community College Foundation (PCCCF) Awarded
$10,000  Major Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation; 

Funding Will Support PCCC’S Initiative to Eliminate Textbook Costs


PATERSON NJ - Passaic County Community College Foundation (PCCCF) announced it has received a Major Grant in the amount of $10,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support their campus-based Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative.
PCCCF was selected to receive the grant based on the initiative’s proven success at the College and on its potential for continued improvement in both the quality and affordability of higher education for low-income students being served by the Passaic County Community College (PCCC) Main Campus in Paterson and its academic facilities in Passaic, Wanaque, and Wayne.  The College’s OER initiative will eliminate the cost of textbooks for nearly 2,000 students enrolled in Developmental Mathematics, Developmental English, and English Language Studies (ELS) coursework.  Through this project, approximately 45 full-time and part-time faculty will establish OER-based courses at PCCC.

PCCC President, Dr. Steven M. Rose, stated “This high-impact grant from the Provident Bank Foundation will directly affect cost savings and quality of education for low-income PCCC students.  Our goal is to eliminate textbook costs for students, and this extraordinary grant will support us in achieving our vision.”
The OER initiative is a global movement that enables the use of approved online books and other no-cost alternative resources as replacements for traditional textbooks. Since its beginnings at PCCC in 2017, the initiative has resulted in both significant cost savings (with $1M projected savings for 2019-2020) and higher academic achievement for students enrolled in courses that employ OER.  Driven by this proven success, PCCC has increased each year the number of OER courses in the College’s curriculum, with an ultimate goal of one day eliminating textbooks completely, a goal assisted by the Provident grant.

PCCCF will receive the check during a presentation on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the PCCC Main Campus in downtown Paterson.  Accepting from PCCCF are President Rose; Ms. Tonisha Taylor, Director of Developmental Education and English Language Studies; Mr. Gregory Fallon, Associate Dean for Learning Resources; Ms. Ozlem Rozanitis, Grants and Project Specialist; and Mr. Todd Sorber, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  
“The Provident Bank Foundation is honored to help further initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of residents in our local area,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that contribute to a sense of community and offer a diverse set of programs that make people healthier, happier and safer.”
The goal of the Major Grant is to support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve. The Provident Bank Foundation’s funding directly supports efforts to enhance the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank through three Funding Priority Areas: Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families.

About Passaic County Community College
Passaic County Community College (PCCC), now celebrating its 50th anniversary, was founded to offer County residents the opportunity to access a quality college education at an affordable tuition. Today, PCCC maintains four locations throughout the County and serves nearly 13,000 students on campus and online. While offering unique honors opportunities for academic enrichment as well as strong support systems for students of all ages, the College still maintains its commitment to affordability. Recognized for efforts to increase college access and success among underserved student populations, PCCC was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College and is also considered a national leader among community colleges in OER.  For more information, visit
The Passaic County Community College Foundation was established in 1976 to provide student scholarship support to PCCC students who, without the assistance of scholarship funds, would not be able to attend college.  For more information, visit
About The Provident Bank Foundation
The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $25 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. For more information, visit or call (862) 260-3990.