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College Scraps Traditional Textbooks

by Dino Flammia

When students step on the Warren County Community College campus in January, they can be sure of one thing — they will NOT be spending hundreds of dollars on course textbooks and other materials. In fact, the tab for a whole year won’t even reach $150.

Through a first-of-its-kind partnership, the two-year school has overhauled the way it delivers books and other necessary course items to students.

Starting in the spring 2019 semester, all students will be signed up for a subscription service with Cengage, the country’s biggest online publisher of textbooks. A one-time annual fee — automatically a part of a student’s enrollment costs — gives them access to all “books” and learning materials in their courses of study.

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