Gloucester County College breaks ground on $9.5M Nursing, Allied Health Center

Published:October 31, 2013
Written by Lori M. Nichols, South Jersey Times


Gloucester County College Nursing and Allied Health Groundbreaking
Gloucester County College President Fred Keating speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Nursing and Allied Health Center at Gloucester County College, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (Staff Photo by Lori M. Nichols/South Jersey Times).

DEPTFORD — Gloucester County and education officials broke ground Wednesday on Gloucester County College’s Nursing and Allied Health Center, a $9.5 million investment in nursing education paid for by higher education bond funds.

The new two-story, 41,475-square foot building will go up alongside the Deptford college’s existing Allied Health Building which will be converted to a business and corporate center. Design for both projects is by Garrison Architects of Marlton.

The nursing and allied health field and all it encompasses, including ultrasound and nuclear medicine technology, has always been like squeezing a size-10 foot into a size-3 shoes, GCC President Fred Keating said.

Giving the school’s Division of Nursing and Allied Health a bigger home on campus will help to meet demand of students wishing to enroll in the program. Already, 21 percent of the college’s student population is enrolled in the Division of Nursing and Allied Health.

“This building is an investment in our students,” said Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger.

The $9.5 million project will be funded through the state’s higher education bonds that were approved by New Jersey voters last year. Gloucester County College received $19 million of the $750 million voters authorized in the referendum.

“The higher ed bond proposal was a very difficult process,” Keating said. Legislators supported Gloucester County to received state funds to boost educational opportunities in South Jersey.

“This is another great day for this county,” said Sen. Stephen Sweeney (D-3, of West Deptford), who, along with Gov. Chris Christie, dug golden shovels in the ground last week to break ground at Gloucester County College’s Adult Center for Transition.

The ACT center in Deptford is also funded by the state’s higher education bonds.

Wednesday’s ground-breaking ceremony comes two weeks after the county college announced a “super partnership” with Rowan University. Starting in July, students at the county school will automatically be enrolled at Rowan. If grades are good after two years on the community college’s Deptford campus, the students could transfer to Rowan’s main campus without completing tricky admissions processes. Students will save 15 percent on tuition if they finish their Rowan degree on the county college’s Deptford campus.

The partnership also includes expansions to the schools’ nursing programs.

“We’re honored and pleased with this partnership for many reasons,” said Dr. Ali Houshmand, Rowan’s president. “We have to think outside the box, think differently.”



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