Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) would receive $16,418,794 in state grants, under a list submitted by Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks to the State Legislature for approval on Monday, April 29. The list includes 176 higher education capital construction projects requested by colleges and universities throughout the state.
“The $16 million in grants would mark a new and exciting chapter in the more than 40-year history of Raritan Valley Community College,” said RVCC President Casey Crabill. “The grants will enable us to better prepare our students for the future workforce by providing them with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technology. These funds will allow us to expand and improve our science laboratory and classroom space; develop an innovative center for workforce training; and equip our students and faculty with the latest technology to enhance their educational experience.”
The approved grants for RVCC include:
• $6.9 million for expansion of the Christine Todd Whitman Science Center—a 23,500 square-foot addition that would include five science labs and eight classrooms to accommodate the growing number of students interested in majoring in science-related fields. Under the terms of the bond issue, the Counties of Somerset and Hunterdon would need to provide an additional $2.3 million in matching funds. The funding from the Counties is included in the College’s major capital budget, which is awaiting approval by the Board of School Estimate. (The board includes two freeholders from each county and two members of the RVCC Board of Trustees.) The two Counties have a strong history of supporting research and academic facilities. Funding source: Building Our Future Bond Act.
• $8 million for a Workforce Training Center—a 30,000 square-foot facility that would accommodate programs that will prepare students for the workforce, including automotive technology and advanced manufacturing, allied health, cyber security, entrepreneurship, cosmetology and environmental control technology. In September 2011 RVCC was the only college in New Jersey to receive a federal grant to partner with local businesses to train workers in new career paths. Under the $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the College is developing 10 workforce programs—which would be housed at the new facility—that are designed in accordance with local employer and expert worker specifications. Funding source: Higher Education Facilities Trust Fund, no college or local match required.
• $ 1,518,794 for technology improvements. The amount would be funded half by the State (through the Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund) and half by RVCC’s minor capital allocation, which is awaiting approval by the Board of School Estimate. The amount includes $1,093,183 for New Generation Tools for Instruction to fund 300 mobile tablets, 50 laptops, 300 desktop computers, 33 printers and other devices to reequip classrooms and computer labs; replace projectors and other related media devices in 84 classrooms and labs; and provide equipment to accommodate the expected growth in network connectivity and systems. The amount also includes $425,611 for Supporting Mobile Access and B.Y.O.D. In recent years RVCC has experienced a 300 percent increase in the use of mobile devices by students, most of whom bring their own gadgets. The project will upgrade the expand College’s wireless network to accommodate the current and expected increase in use and allow RVCC to explore new “flipped classroom” methodology in biology, math and computer gaming projects.
RVCC’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 40 years, the College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. RVCC @ Bridgewater, located at 14 Vogt Drive, offers technical, trade, credit and non-credit courses.
The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit http://www.raritanval.edu.
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Raritan Valley Community College
PO Box 3300
Somerville, NJ 08876-1265
908-526-1200, ext. 8383