GCIT sets fall ground breaking

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

By JEANNE RIDGWAY Courier-Post Staff

DEPTFORD - The Gloucester County Institute of Technology expects to break ground in September for a new wing that will enable the school to admit 130 more high school students per year beginning in 2008. The county Board of School Estimate approved the $10 million project on May 16.

County population growth and an interest in GCIT's full-time high school program have put greater demands on the school, according to Eileen Shute, the school's director of public information.About 900 students attend GCIT, which opened in 1971. Due to a lack of space, the school has been turning students away.

''Applications have increased every year for the past three years,'' Shute said. ''We had 766 freshmen apply this year, but we were able to accept only 265.''

Several years ago, the school began phasing in a full-time high school program for grades 9 through 12.

Prior to that, students attended their local high schools for academic studies and attended GCIT for training in their career track in 11th and 12th grades only.

Under the new full-time program, ''students are getting a full-array of academic work as well as their career theme. It's a different concept and a successful concept,'' said Shute.

The new construction will consist of a connecting corridor between two wings of the current building. The addition will feature 20 new classrooms and four new or renovated career technical centers - or ''shops'' - for teaching trade courses. Design is by Garrison Architects of Bala Cynwyd, PA.

GCIT offers four technical programs and four college preparatory academy programs.The technical programs include cosmetology, building construction, transportation technology, and culinary arts.

The college preparatory academy courses include allied health/medical science, finance/business management, information technology/digital communication, and performing arts.

GCIT also offers adult post-secondary programs in the evening.


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