Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) officially opened the doors to the Law & Justice Education Center’s 5,604-square-foot addition on Thursday, Sept. 10, further enhancing student learning and the campus.
College faculty, students and staff joined state and county officials and members of the Gloucester County community to celebrate the completion of the $2 million expansion. The new construction includes two forensic laboratories, two classrooms and a faculty/adjunct office.
Four degrees are offered through the Law & Justice Education Center, including Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Paralegal and Pre-Law. The building also houses the Police Academy, as well as Paralegal certificate and non-degreed training program instruction.
"The core mission of this college is to provide the most affordable and accessible higher education to our residents. Through the state and county's investment in this new complex we are enforcing the mission of RCGC and strengthening its future,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. “This expansion will allow for more opportunity for our students." Damminger noted that the county contributed $499,836 to the project, and the state Higher Education Construction Bond funded $1,499,508 of the expansion.
In the Police Academy lobby, a “Memorial Hall” has been created to honor those killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks and the fallen military personnel and police officers who have given their lives in the line of duty while serving the citizens of New Jersey. The Memorial Hall houses 9-11 artifacts from the Twin Towers, Pentagon and Shanksville, in addition to a “Flag of Honor” containing the names of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, an “Honor and Remember Flag” representing fallen military members including a list of Gloucester County residents who died while serving in response to the global war on terror, and a “Police Wall of Heroes” listing fallen New Jersey officers who have died either in Gloucester County or who attended the Police Academy and died elsewhere.
“We are proud that this facility has been renovated and modernized, not only for the degree students and Police Academy recruits that will be educated here, but also the hundreds of law enforcement officials throughout the region who attend in-service and other educational programs each year,” stated Freeholder Lyman Barnes, liaison to Education for Gloucester County. “These doors open, literally, thousands of times throughout the year, and now we have a space that will help fill the demand for the students who seek degrees and training and certificate programs in the criminal justice field.”
“The expansion of the Law and Justice Center reinforces the College’s commitment to education and the Gloucester County community,” stated RCGC President Frederick Keating. “The new construction offers more opportunities to educate a skilled workforce in law, criminal justice and law enforcement.”
“The new construction will help RCGC meet its growing demand for Law and Justice educational opportunities,” said Fred Madden, dean of Law and Justice. “The Memorial Hall area shall serve as a lasting tribute for the ultimate sacrifices made by a very special group of American citizens. May we forever remember them in our daily lives.”
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.