On Friday, Oct. 7, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) faculty, students and staff were joined by Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Lyman Barnes, liaison to the Department of Education, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated and expanded Business and Corporate Center.
"In November of 2012 the voters of New Jersey overwhelming approved to invest in upgrading our colleges through the "Building Our Future Bond Act" to finance higher education capital projects to increase the academic competiveness of New Jersey's public and private colleges and universities," remarked Senator Stephen Sweeney, in an earlier statement. "Once again, Gloucester County and RCGC rose up to the top by having a plan in place that allowed them to have shovels in the ground as soon as the financing was available. Since that time, RCGC has completed the constructions of several new buildings and many renovations. Today we stand in a beautifully renovated building that will educate students and welcome corporate leaders for years to come. I congratulate RCGC on this $1.14 million investment in the campus and what it will mean to our future business leaders."
The opening of the Business and Corporate Center marks an important step for the Division of Business Studies, as Freeholder Director Damminger explained: "We are here today to celebrate the opening of The Business and Corporate Center, a beautifully repurposed building that will allow, for the first time ever, all business classes and faculty to be located under one roof. The Business and Corporate Center is intended to be a valuable resource to the local business community, who we consider a valuable partner in our quest to keep our best and brightest students in our region."
Veronica Ortiz, Director of Branch Operations, South Jersey Federal Credit Union, and Dr. Patricia Claghorn, Dean of Business Studies.
The 24,660 square-foot facility houses state-of-the-art classrooms, conference rooms, an open lab and a lounge where students can interact with peers, faculty, community leaders and local business owners – all designed to prepare students for entry into the business world.
"Business Studies at RCGC awards more than 180 degrees and certificates annually to students majoring in business programs," remarked Freeholder Barnes. "The Business Division works closely with four-year institutions to prepare students for a smooth transition into bachelor degree programs. To be competitive in this field, our students need to learn in a modern environment where they can take the skills and education they acquire and put it to use working toward a four-year degree or in a real-world employment situation."
The Business and Corporate Center will also provide a valuable resources to the local business community. A webinar-capable conference room and auditorium with dual projection screen and an advanced sound system will provide the perfect environment for local businesses and associations to hold board meetings, conferences, webinars and employee training sessions. RCGC students will have the opportunity to make connections with the local business community and, through the Cooperative Education Program, take advantage of career exploration opportunities. Local businesses, in turn, will have the chance to network with future leaders in their industry.
"This building has been designed to facilitate collaboration and to encourage networking between our students and the business community," said Dean of Business Studies, Dr. Patricia Claghorn. "Ideally our business partners will meet and help to mentor their future employees and the next generation of business leaders within our community."
This building is the last of six construction projects on RCGC's campus. Among capital investments already in place are a new, state-of-the-art Nursing and Allied Health Center, Adult Center for Transition and University Center as well as an additions and renovation to the Student Services Building and the Police Academy. This capital project was made possible by the state of New Jersey's Building Our Future Bond Act and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
"The completion of the Business and Corporate Center allows the College to continue to aggressively pursue making business programs of study an integral educational choice for our students," said RCGC President Frederick Keating. "RCGC's Business Division combines formal education, internship opportunities and networking between students, local businesses and community leaders to create a well-rounded educational experience that truly prepares students to enter an increasingly competitive job market."
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Rowan College at Gloucester County is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.