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  • NJCU Receives $34.6 Million from State to Expand, Renovate Science Facilities, Upgrade Technology Infrastructure

    New Jersey City University has been awarded $34.6 million for three projects that will transform its science facilities into a signature building on campus and improve the technology infrastructure at the University to meet expanding needs. The projects were selected from hundreds of proposals submitted to the State by 46 colleges and universities across New Jersey.

    Funding for the projects will come from the Higher Education Facilities Trust Fund, the Higher Education Infrastructure Trust, and the Higher Education Equipment Leasing Fund. Funding for the expansion and renovation of the Science Building has no matching funds requirement, which enables the University to maintain its financial capacity to develop other mission-critical capital projects.

    Announcement of the awards was made yesterday by New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks. The awards are pending official approval by the New Jersey Legislature.

    The awards will enable NJCU to improve its facilities for programs in the sciences, which are mission-critical in terms of producing graduates with strong math, science, and technology backgrounds.

    NJCU’s shovel-ready projects include:

    --$32,000,000 for a 22,000 square-foot expansion and renovation of the NJCU Science Building for biology, chemistry, physics, and geoscience programs. The upgraded facility will include multipurpose classrooms, seminar and conference rooms, teaching and research laboratories, lab support, an astronomy observatory, student interaction space, computer labs, storage space, equipment and instrumentation rooms, and faculty offices. The Science Building, originally constructed in 1973, had undergone some recent renovation, but needed additional improvements to meet the demands of NJCU’s biology, chemistry, physics, and geosciences programs.

    --$1,718,215 for instructional technology upgrades in classroom technology, laboratory technology and equipment, nursing technology, media arts technology, College of Education pre-service teacher technology, and video conferencing. These upgrades will affect all programs, but particularly the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, media arts, and professional securities studies programs.

    --$866,789 for information technology infrastructure improvements for the maintenance, enhancement, and expansion of network infrastructure that will provide greater connectivity to NJCU’s Harborside Financial Center site in Jersey City’s financial district and its Wall Township location.

    Upon learning of the three awards, Dr. Sue Henderson, NJCU’s president, said, “NJCU will have the first-rate facilities our faculty and students need to move forward scientific scholarship and to advance in careers that will keep New Jersey at the forefront of innovation and ensure our state’s economic growth.”

    Dr. Henderson added, “NJCU is on a trajectory to serve the region by producing competitive and productive graduates who strengthen the workforce. This capital funding is an investment in the future that will pay dividends beyond measure.”
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