Rowan College at Gloucester County unveils $2M building expansion

By Spencer Kent for NJ.com on September 10, 2015

DEPTFORD TWP. — Officials from all of South Jersey gathered at Rowan College at Gloucester County on Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil a new $2 million expansion of the college's Law and Justice Education Center.

The new 7,244 square foot addition, designed by Garrison Architects of Bellmawr, features forensic laboratories, two classrooms and a faculty/adjunct office. The county contributed nearly $500,000 toward the project with the rest funded through the state higher education construction bond

GCC Law & JusticeGloucester County Police Academy Recruits raise the flag in front of the expansion of the Law and Justice building at Rowan College at Gloucester County, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (Stephanie Maksin | For NJ.com

"This expansion we are witnessing today was needed to provide a modern space for the students who seek degrees in training and certificate program in the criminal justice field," said Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger.

A memorial hall was also displayed Thursday to honor those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as well as military and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. It features artifacts from 9/11, including a steel I-beam from the twin towers, rubble from the Pentagon and dirt from the ground where Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Nicholas Cozzi and Sean Dempsey, both sophomores criminal justice majors at RCGC, attended the event and said they were looking forward to the expansion.

"It's got newer technology," Dempsey said. "There's a smartboard; it's more up-to-date technology."

Cozzi said the updates make everything a lot easier for students and teachers.

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney also attended the event and said the expansion was "a great day for Gloucester County."

Officials then cut the ribbon in the memorial hall to celebrate the opening of the facility.

 

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