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Rowan College at Gloucester County Expands Law & Justice Education Center

(Sewell, NJ) – Ground was broken today for the expansion of the Law and Justice Education Center at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC).  The project consists of two new forensic labs, a new classroom and upgrades to two existing rooms and restroom facilities. 

The 6,500-square-foot expansion will modernize the building being used by 500 students annually and 3,000 police academy attendees.   

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that the continued investments in RCGC are made possible by the state Bond Act that was approved by the voters and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

The Higher Education Construction Bond will fund $1,499,508 of the expansion and the County is contributing $499,836 to the project.  

"The expansion will add two state-of-the-art forensic labs and one new classroom to the this building constructed in 1995.  This much needed space will help fill the demand for the students who seek degrees and training and certificate programs in the criminal justice field," said Director Damminger. 

Four degrees are offered through the Law & Justice Education Center, including Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Paralegal and Pre-Law.  The building also houses the Police Academy, as well as certificate and non-degreed training program instruction.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth the in the paralegal field is projected at 28 percent through 2018. 

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney said, “This expansion and renovation represents a commitment by the State and the County that affordable access to higher education is a priority to keep our economy moving in the right direction.  Those who are trained in this newly renovated building will possess the most up-to-date information from highly qualified instructors and will do so at a fraction of the cost of attending a private or out of state institution.” 

Fred Madden, dean of Law and Justice for RCGC, said the expansion will help students meet the growing demand in both lab and classroom instruction.  “By adding additional labs, more opportunities are available to our students.  For the first time, Forensic I courses will be open to all students as a science elective, not only to Law and Justice majors.  It allows students from different fields of study to overlap and gain different perspectives and experiences.” 

Freeholder Lyman Barnes added, “In addition to the degree students and Police Academy recruits, hundreds of law enforcement officials throughout the region to attend in-service and other educational programs at this facility each year.  These facility upgrades will help RCGC to maintain the high reputation it has earned and to attract new programs at the Law and Justice Education Center.”  Barnes is the liaison to education for the county.  

“The addition to the Law and Justice Center reinforces the College's commitment to education and the Gloucester County community,” said Rowan College President Frederick Keating. “This project will provide the labs and classrooms needed to educate a skilled workforce in law, criminal justice, and law enforcement.” 

The project is slated to be completed spring of 2015.