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The Center - Camden County College

The Center

The Center (formerly the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility) focuses on the needs and interests of educators and the community at large. Its goal is to create an informed citizenry through exploration of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and issues critical to a democratic society. Citizens have the opportunity to meet scholars, scientists, government officials and business leaders to explore historical and current issues and discuss societal problems and their solutions.

Open Admissions Policy

All members of the community are welcome to attend our mini-courses, special events and lecture series.

About Us

The Center offers interesting and thought-provoking mini-courses and events to help teachers meet their professional development requirements and community members to enhance their knowledge. Registrants may choose to attend one or more sessions of any series or mini-course.


In order for us to notify you of any cancellations or changes, all participants are strongly encouraged to register prior to attending. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule programs should the need arise. Please check our website for cancellations, changes and other updates.

What We Do


All lecture series offered by The Center are free and open to the public. These bring scholars, authors, and experts in their field to our campus on a range of topics, such as our Art in the Evening series, our annual Autism lectures, and lectures from our partners at the University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center, among many others. We ask you to register in advance so we have an accurate count and can reserve space to accommodate all, but you may also register at the lecture.

Topics in History Courses

Some of our lecture series are tied to 15-week Topics in History courses that include attendance at each lecture plus college-credit-bearing classes taught by tenured CCC professors. Past topics have included The Gilded Age and The World of Islam. These courses are available to community members and are tuition free.

Special Events

We offer single events like our annual Constitution Day lecture, annual Lorenzi Lecture, or film screenings. These are typically also free and always open to the public. There is a fee for fundraising events, including dinner and entertainment.


The Center sponsors walking tours of Haddonfield and Philadelphia as well as tours of historic and cultural sites like Red Bank Battlefield in New Jersey, Winterthur Museum in Delaware, and the Tenement Museum in New York City. There is sometimes a charge for tours that might include entrance fees and transportation. However, our Art on Campus walking tours are free.


Each semester – fall, spring, and summer – we bring you a menu of five-week courses taught by experienced instructors in the areas of arts, literature, history, science, health, politics, anthropology, and more.


Frequently Asked Questions

Must I attend all of the 5 sessions in a mini-course or can I pick and choose which sessions I would like to attend?

Once you register for a mini-course you may come to any or all of the sessions.

Must I register in advance or can I show up the evening of an event?

For Mini-Courses: Registration and payment are required before the first class session.

For Lectures and Events: We strongly recommend registering in advance. You may register the night of the event, but advance registration allows us to notify you if an event has been canceled or if there are any changes in room assignment, etc.

How will I know if a course has been canceled?

We will email or call you as soon as possible. If we are unable to reach you, a sign will be posted on the door of the classroom or auditorium.

I am an educator and would like to receive credit for my attendance. What do I need to do?

Indicate on the registration form that you are an educator and list your school district. You will receive a certificate at the end of each session you attend.


How many professional development credits can I receive?

Each mini-course is comprised of five sessions, earning 3 professional development hours. If you attend all five, you will receive fifteen professional development hours for that course, but you may choose to attend only specific sessions and receive 3 credits for each.


Where are the sessions held?

Our courses take place in either the Connector Building or Madison Hall on the Blackwood Campus or at our Rohrer Center in Cherry Hill.

Where can I park?

You may park at the Blackwood Campus in the lot between Peter Cheeseman Road and Madison Hall (#5 on the map) or in the large lot between the Child Care Center (#24 on the map) and the Connector Building (#1 on the map). The Cherry Hill location has one large parking lot. Make sure to park between the white lines only.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

You may contact, Valerie Concordia at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333


Our Staff

John Pesda
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4432

Valerie Concordia
Project Coordinator
(856) 227-7200 ext. 4333

Contact Information

The Center at Camden CC, Camden County
College, PO Box 200, Blackwood, NJ 08012
Madison Connector 103, Blackwood Campus
Phone: (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333
Fax: (856) 374-5092

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Please contact Valerie Concordia if you would like to be added to the Center’s email list: