Expansion at GCIT Ready for Start of School Year 2010-11 School Year Offers More Seats & the Start of a Degree Program with GCC
(Sewell, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholders cut a ribbon today at a ceremony celebrating the completion of the final expansion of the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT). The Freeholders were joined by students, administration, staff and Board members of GCIT and Gloucester County College (GCC) to tour the 46,817 square foot addition to GCIT that will educate 1,155 students this coming school year and increases the incoming freshman class to 345.
"This expansion represents the county's commitment to our star-students, our trades and to our taxpayers. Our incoming freshmen will be the first to have the opportunity to participate in an enhanced Academy High School and earn both a high school degree and an Associate Degree from GCC,"said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.
The expansion includes 24 new 'Smart' classrooms equipped with cutting edge educational technology, a wireless environment and interactive smart boards. The expansion includes a new gymnasium to meet state requirements, an expanded guidance area, four additional welding stations and the renovation of the main entrance.
"Because our school is so successful, the demand for seats at GCIT increases every year. By completing this expansion we have added 450 seats to our technical school and are including a new program in healthcare careers. There are 1155 students enrolled for this year and we will continue to phase in an additional 300 students over the next three years," Sweeney said.
One of the goals of the Academy school would be to allow students to graduate high school and earn their Associate Degree from GCC and seamlessly enter a traditional 4-year school, saving them two years worth of tuition, fees, and room and board.
Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr. said that an Academy School Exploration Committee assembled and reported in 2008 that a need for additional seats in the technical career school and to offer an 'enhanced' Academy High School that offered a five year degree option.
"We felt it was very important that we didn't create two different classes of students under one roof, we wanted to keep the unity that GCIT is popular for, so whether a student is in a career technical track, academy track or enhanced academy track they will still all be classmates," said Freeholder Brigandi.
Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger said, "No matter how many seats we add to GCIT, the demand will always be high. This speaks volumes of the programs we have here, our faculty, staff and administrators are all dedicated to the success of our students."
The admissions department has processed 1,020 applications for S-Y 2010-11, 933 where freshman applications and 345 were accepted.
Damminger said, "We also show our gratitude to our taxpayers for GCIT by having the lowest total administrative cost per pupil in the state."
Last year GCIT was ranked second lowest cost per pupil for administrative spending for the 2008/2009 school year and the New Jersey Department of Education Comparative Spending Guide (published on March 26, 2010) ranked both GCIT and GCSSSD lowest for total administrative cost per pupil in New Jersey among vocational and special service school districts.