For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University Signs Agreement with Red Bank Catholic High School

GCU’s University College Holds Information Sessions

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 24, 2008— Red Bank Catholic High School (RBC) and Georgian Court University (GCU) recently signed an agreement that enhances the relationship between the two schools. This historic agreement enables the two institutions to work together in a deep partnership.

"We share the Mercy tradition and embrace the values intrinsic in a Catholic education rooted in the call to action they espouse,” says RBC Principal Robert Abatemarco. “Education is a continuum, and the partnership we enter into creates a seamless link that enables our young people to think beyond their high school years."

Mother Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831. Today the Sisters of Mercy span the world and include affiliations with many educational institutions including GCU and RBC.

RBC Principal Robert Abatemarco, Assistant Principal Carolyn Bliss, and Vice Principal Karen Falco joined GCU Provost Joseph F. Gower, Ph.D.; Joseph Molitoris, Ph.D., director of GCU’s University College; and Dorothy Lazarick, RSM, director of University College services, to celebrate the agreement on how the two institutions can best serve the students of RBC and GCU.

Research done at the high school and via a national study (by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education) has brought to light that GCU’s coeducational high school programs such as Course Ahead, Course Ahead Plus, and Step Ahead are extremely advantageous to high school students. GCU coeducational graduate education programs also enable high school teachers to attain advanced degrees and serve as a means of fulfilling continuing education credits that the teaching profession requires.

“The partnership also enables RBC students to become better acquainted with GCU and pursue their studies at the university,” says Sister Dorothy Lazarick. “As Mercy schools, we provide unique values-oriented education.”

Georgian Court University will host information sessions on all University College programs on five upcoming Thursdays: February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, and June 5. Over 36 programs are offered through Georgian Court’s University College, which includes coeducational undergraduate and graduate programs within the university at multiple locations. The programs include high school, undergraduate, graduate, teacher education, and business training programs. All information sessions will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the GCU Lakewood campus. To register for an information session or to get more information on any of these programs, please contact University College at 732.987.2130 or send an e-mail to

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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