Ground Broken for New University Center
(Deptford, NJ) - Ground was broken today for the new University Center to be built on the main campus of Gloucester County College (GCC).
The 24,000 square-foot facility to be constructed next to the Student Services Building will house 13 Smart classrooms and be built with no net cost to county taxpayers. With enrollment at an all-time high and classroom space at a premium, the University Center will help to address the needs of GCC students during the day and be used in the evenings by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) for undergraduate and graduate programs. Other affiliations with four-year universities are also anticipated to offer advanced degree programs in the future.
"This center will expand the opportunity for our residents to earn their advanced degrees without having to pay the many costs associated with a four year degree," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "This project represents thinking outside the box. We will be increasing GCC's classroom space and offering the advanced degree opportunities to our students without any increased financial burden on our taxpayers," said Sweeney.
Dr. J. Michael Adams, President of Fairleigh Dickinson University, said, "Creation of Gloucester County College's University Center is visionary and represents an agility that is rare within the academic community. It reinforces confidence and continuation of our partnership with GCC."
Enrollment at GCC hit an all time high this semester at over 6,600. In 2007 GCC hit record enrollment with 6,081 students registered for credit courses. The official enrollment numbers does not include students taking non-credit courses through the College's Division of Continuing Education.
Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr. said, "GCC has the lowest tuition cost and the highest graduation and retention rates of any New Jersey community college. Adding a four-year and master's degrees programs is the right move for GCC students and county families now." Brigandi said, "Education at GCC is a tremendous value and our facility thrives because we are able to meet the needs of our students, our taxpayers, and the business community. We are excited to have a four-year degree program on site."
"Breaking ground for Gloucester County College's new University Center is an amazing accomplishment and a great opportunity for our students and the community," said President Dr. Russell A. Davis. "In addition, this space will offer our students who commence from the Academy School state-of-the-art classroom opportunities as they matriculate from our highly motivated academic programs at GCIT. This is an excellent lesson on how forging relationships and working together for the greater good of the students can enrich educational options and provide for the promise of tomorrow."