Expansion at GCC for Nursing and Allied Health Program
(Sewell, NJ) – Ground was broken today for a new $9.5 Million Nursing and Allied Health Center at Gloucester County College. The new 2-story facility is part of the state’s higher education capital financing program and will help GCC students meet the growing demand in ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Nursing.
Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, “The Division of Nursing and Allied Health at Gloucester County College encompasses over 21% of the GCC student population. The county has recently experienced significant growth in the health care industry and healthcare professionals are in high demand. This building is an investment in the future of our students and our residents with no impact on the taxpayers.”
According to the US Department of Labor it is estimated that the healthcare industry will grow faster than any other in the United States, by roughly 22% by 2018.
NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney said that this new Nursing Building signified the importance of keeping the best and brightest in the region by allowing them opportunities to gain their education in state.
“For far too long we have been losing our brightest students to other states. With the dual enrolment program GCC has with Rowan University for Nursing and the RN to BSN program and other dual enrollment programs, we can attract them to stay here, gain their education here and work here,” Sweeney stated. “This new building will help keep GCC stay on top of the wave of innovation and maintain its status as a highly respected institution for nursing and allied health.”
Freeholder Lyman Barnes added, “Gloucester County has the lowest tuition rate and highest graduation rate in New Jersey among community colleges. This new building, which will utilize green and sustainable design and state-of-the-art technology, will offer students the necessary resources to excel in their field. That is the mission of GCC.”
The new 41,475 square-foot center will site along side the existing Allied Health Building that was constructed in 1994. The older building will be renovated after it is vacated to become a Business and Corporate Center.
"The construction of a new Nursing and Allied Health Center is evidence of the College's continued commitment to enhance educational opportunities for our students," said Dr. Frederick Keating, president of Gloucester County College. "The addition of the two story, state-of-the-art center will help nursing and other healthcare students learn the best practices in their field."