Governor Chris Christie visited County College of Morris (CCM) on Tuesday, November 12, to announce the impact of the Building Our Future Bond Act at CCM and institutions of higher education throughout New Jersey.
“I’m pleased to be at County College of Morris today to celebrate the projects underway here, including the new $5.2 million Music Technology Building and enhanced engineering, biology, chemistry and physics labs,” said Governor Christie. “Since taking office, my Administration has made it a priority to work with the legislature in a bipartisan manner to restructure, promote and strengthen higher education so that New Jersey’s colleges can compete for the best students and faculty in the nation. I congratulate the County College of Morris community on these projects and enhancements, which will provide state-of-the-art learning experiences for students.”
The bond is providing $750 million for New Jersey’s colleges. Of that, $200 million is earmarked for community colleges for much-needed construction and renovation projects.
With its matching funds, CCM is scheduled to receive a total of $10 million to construct a Music Technology building and upgrade its engineering labs.
“The passage of the Building Our Future Bond Act last November by New Jersey voters represents wide-spread and genuine support for maintaining quality higher education institutions in the state,” noted Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM. “At CCM, we are delighted that we will be able to address the expanding needs of our music technology program, which has experienced a 36 percent growth in enrollment since 2007, along with making necessary upgrades to our mechanical- and electrical-engineering labs. Through these initiatives, CCM can further build upon its efforts to assist the State of New Jersey in increasing education and training in science, technology and engineering, along with educating and training skilled performers and musicians to fulfill the state’s leisure and hospitality priorities.”
The Music Technology facility is to be constructed as a minimum 16,000-square-foot, two-story addition to the college’s Student Community Center. The facility will include an experimental theater – theater in-the-round – that will serve as a large hands-on classroom with a recording studio and seating for 100 – 125 students; two standard classrooms and electronic music/aural comprehension classroom and piano lab; a second recording studio, scene shop and dressing rooms; and multiple student practice rooms.
Renovations to the engineering labs include updating the fabrication, metrology, aviation, electronics, statics and CAD labs and other instructional spaces. The upgrades will expand opportunities for designing, testing materials, fabricating (machine shop, 3D printing, rapid prototyping, computer numerical control and other processes), performing assembly and other aspects of engineering to better prepare students for direct entry into the workforce or for further advancing their education.
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Photo 1: Governor Chris Christie, right, addresses the County College of Morris (CCM) community while discussing the impact of the Building Our Future Bond Act at CCM and institutions of higher education throughout New Jersey. At left is Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM.
Photo 2: County College of Morris (CCM) students look on as Governor Chris Christie addresses the crowd.