U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, who earned an associate science degree in criminal justice from Camden County College (CCC) in 1980, has received CCC’s 2015 Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Norcross, who has represented more than 730,000 residents of the 1st Congressional District of New Jersey since 2014, is the first Camden County College graduate to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. The Camden native currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Budget Committee.
Previously, Norcross served in both the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate. There, he put effort into increasing the region’s economic competitiveness and the number of family-sustaining jobs. Through his work he improved the higher education access for local students, established the Garden State as a medical sciences education hub, overhauled the state’s bail system, and he created a program for local governments to set aside contracts for businesses owned by veterans.
Norcross also spent nearly 20 years as president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO, served as assistant business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351, and was the vice president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council. His volunteer service includes the United Way of Camden County Executive Board, the Union Organization for Social Service, The Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, the Camden County Democratic Committee, and the Democratic National Committee.
Norcross received the Outstanding Alumnus Award during the College’s 47th annual commencement and delivered the ceremony’s keynote address to the Class of 2015. He had received CCC’s first-ever Civic Leadership Award in 2009.
The College’s Outstanding Alumna Award has been presented annually since 2008. Past recipients include Vietnam veteran Eugene J. Toni (Class of 1973); internationally recognized agronomist J. Mark Powell (Class of 1973); Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Trymaine Lee (Class of 2000); award-winning documentary filmmaker Robert A. Emmons Jr. (Class of 1996); research scientist and writer Julie Feinstein (Class of 1980); Higgs boson discovery team member F. Mitchell Newcomer (Class of 1974); and Educational Testing Service president and chief executive officer Walt MacDonald (Class of 1972).