Officials look to expand GCIT

Monday, February 12, 2007

By Pete McCarthy for the Gloucester County Times

Still making sure there is a drop in the 2007 tax rate, Gloucester County officials have announced a definite plan to spend $10 million within the next two years on expanding the vocational school in Deptford.

"We are not meeting the needs of the children in the county if we don't expand it," suggested Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen Sweeney.

At the start of the year, 43 percent, or just 259 applicants, were admitted into the freshman class at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology.

"We get calls and letters on a regular basis from parents asking if there is any way to get their kid in," Sweeney said. "Not everyone is meant to be a lawyer or a doctor. This education allows kids to get trained in a trade."

GCIT has just begun offering a full-time program for its students. In previous years, it meant students had to split their time between the vocational school and their respective sending district.

The county hopes to begin work on expanding GCIT in 2008 and is working with Garrison Architects of Mt. Laurel on an expansion design for the building.


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