By: Reney Waters, Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern
SEWELL, N.J. — The Secure Our Children’s Bond Act has awarded a $12 million grant to The Gloucester County Vocational Technical School/Special Services School District (GCIT/SSSD) according to gloucestorcountynj.gov.
“The new center will continue our partnership with GCIT/SSSD, RCSJ and Rowan University. By working together, we will keep education affordable and relevant to our future job markets,” Commissioner Lyman Barnes said.
The center is constructed to be located at Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) and is planned to improve career enhancements and technical education. The newly introduced Academy of Applied Technology and Advanced Manufacturing will be its new home and the facility will house 120-150 full time students for grades nine through twelve during the day. In the evening transition to college education and programming.
“The addition of the Academy of Applied Technology and Advanced Manufacturing gives students exactly that by exposing them to a broad range of educational experiences.” Commissioner Director Robert M. Damminger said.
The Secure Our Children’s Future Bond Act allocates $500 million in state bonds to expand county vocational-technical programs. Students already enrolled in the current Academy of Engineering, Academy of Allied Health and Medical Sciences will have the opportunity for exposure to the program as well.
“These grants to our local counties are an investment in the future of our State,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “The funding is a direct investment into the schools and for the future of our students.
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