Students Lead Box of Books Team to Texas

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Students Isaac Mbambo (striped shirt on left) and Alexis Riccardo (striped shirt on right) led a group of OCC and Barnes & Noble representatives to Texas for a national competition highlighting Box of Books.

On this month's edition of our podcast, "Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College," we meet students Isaac Mbambo and Alexis Riccardo. Earlier this month they led a team of OCC and Barnes & Noble representatives to San Antonio as part of the national competition for a prestigious Bellwether Award. The students participated in showcase and presentation events which explained how Box of Books works.

OCC's Box of Books partnership with Barnes & Noble College is the first in the nation at a public college. It cuts student textbook costs in half and gives them the opportunity to purchase a Chromebook at a reduced price.In the program's first semester the number of students who started the academic year with all of their textbooks nearly doubled from the previous year.

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