GCC Debuts 18,272-Sq. Ft. Scott Hall Expansion, Adds Four New Laboratories

PR 084 – May 3, 2013

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Deptford Twp. – Gloucester County College opened the doors to the 18,272-square-foot addition to Scott Hall, further enhancing student services and the campus, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, May 3.

One of only four community colleges in New Jersey with growing enrollment, GCC has added the wing to Scott Hall, which supports its Division of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It includes four new science laboratories for courses in physics, chemistry and biology and will facilitate at least 20 class sections each semester.

“We needed these classrooms so much. The STEM program in the last three years has exploded,” acknowledged student speaker Lauren Anderson-Pullinger, who will be the first bioscience major to graduate from GCC on May 17. “Everyone at the college is extremely supportive of the students. Professors are always accessible and want you to succeed.”

The total cost of the addition is $3.5 million and it was paid for with Chapter 12 funds from fiscal year 2012. Gloucester County College President Frederick Keating said the project was originally going to include two new labs, but after meeting with the dean and faculty, he advised that four should be included in the plan.

“The completion of the Scott Hall expansion allows the College to continue to aggressively pursue making STEM programs of study an integral educational choice for our students,” said Keating. “GCC’s STEM Division links programs with four-year universities, as well as local K-12 districts, to form a continuous partnership. The addition of more labs and classroom space will help to successfully prepare students for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”

"The U.S. Department of Labor expects the demand for engineering professionals to grow significantly over the next 10 years and we need to prepare our students for the future," said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. "This investment will help keep our best and brightest students here in Gloucester County, and that is what we want as a community. We want our students to learn here and continue on with their careers because it benefits our local economy and enhances our region's reputation with business and industry.”

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney said, "I have confidence that every dollar that is invested in the STEM Division at GCC will come back into our community ten-fold. When we provide our residents with the access to education we provide them with the opportunity for a good future. Over the past 10 years, the number of people employed in STEM jobs increased by three times as much as the growth rate for non-STEM employment."

"GCC's STEM Division continues to be extremely competitive,” said Freeholder Lyman Barnes, educational liaison. “With our dual enrollment programs with several universities and the new GCIT Academy of Engineering, the opportunity is ripe for students to pursue engineering at GCC.”

The college is a regionally-accredited, comprehensive two-year institution that provides more than 70 career and academic programs of study. It possesses an award-winning 13-sport athletic program and 25 student organizations.

"This is another example of our continued commitment to education and the community,” said Barnes. “Additionally, this expansion project has proven GCC's commitment to educate and produce a skilled workforce in demand occupations.”

GCC’s 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, right off Exit 56 of Route 55.