The Gloucester County College community came together as officials broke ground for a 20,345-square-foot addition and series of renovations to the Student Services building on Friday, May 9.
Standing at 16,300 square feet, the current Student Services facility is a central location for academic advisement, course registration and financial aid assistance. The two-story addition includes six classrooms adorned with smart technology and provides space for the new Center for College and Career Readiness, a program that helps high school students better prepare for the rigors of higher education.
This capital project is made possible thanks to the state of New Jersey's Building Our Future Bond Act and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Ogren Contractors, the firm responsible for the construction, anticipates its completion by Oct. 30, 2015.
"The Center for College and Career Readiness affords Gloucester County high school students a number of opportunities to customize higher education according to their needs," said Dr. Frederick Keating, president of Gloucester County College. "They can save valuable time and money as they seek remediation prior to beginning their collegiate studies. More ambitious students can pursue credit-bearing courses while also exploring potential fields of interest. It is a distinctive program that centers on the individual student."
"The ability to invest in the future of our college today is a move in the right direction for our economy and for the students who will become the future leaders of our region," said Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney. "The voters overwhelming approved this funding in 2012 and I am proud that Gloucester County College has been at the forefront of the movement to modernize its facilities to maximize the benefits our students will receive."
"In a few months the name of our college will change, and new construction and buildings are moving ahead to meet the demand of the needs of our student body in a higher education-based economy," said Freeholder Director Robert Damminger. "But with all of these changes afoot, the core mission of this community college is to provide the most affordable and accessible higher education to our residents. Through expanding this building and adding space for high school students to begin their career readiness we are reinforcing the mission of GCC and strengthening its future."
The Student Services renovation is one of five construction projects taking shape on the College's campus. Among capital investments are a new, state-of-the-art Nursing and Allied Health Center and Adult Center for Transition as well as an addition to the Police Academy and a building renovation to create a new Business and Industry Training Center.
GCC's 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, right off Exit 56 of Route 55.