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Mercer County Community College Breaks Ground on University Center

11/28/18


Mercer County Community College President Dr. Jianping Wang turns the first shovel of dirt to kick off the construction of the new University Center at MCCC, which will offer four-year degrees on the West Windsor Campus through partner institutions. Pictured from left, Mercer County Freeholder Pat Colavita, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, MCCC Board of Trustees Chair Carol Golden, Wang, and freeholders Ann Cannon and Sam Frisby.

WEST WINDSOR – Mercer County Community College has taken a major step toward the expansion of bachelor’s degree options in Mercer County with the groundbreaking of the new University Center on the West Windsor Campus.

When the University Center opens in the spring of 2020, the $8.4 million, 22,000-square-foot facility will serve as the MCCC headquarters for five of the region’s four-year institutions: William Paterson, Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson, Felician, and Wilmington universities, with Wilmington also offering bachelor’s degree programs on MCCC’s James Kerney Campus in Trenton.

Currently, bachelor’s degree programs offered on the MCCC campus are housed individually across multiple locatons. With the new University Center building, all five institutions will be housed in a central location where they can offer a variety of programs and classes at MCCC, as well as admissions, advising, and counseling.

“Today we celebrate another milestone for the college: expanding affordability and accessibility of a baccalaureate experience for the benefit of our residents, our communities, and our economy,” said MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang. “Students will now have the opportunity to pursue a four-year degree at a fraction of the cost, and with the convenience of staying close to home.”

Wang went on to say that by completing the first two years of college at Mercer and then transferring to a four-year program with a University Center partner on the MCCC campus, the savings would be substantial. Students could retain their part-time jobs, save on travel or relocation, and will receive tuition discounts by enrolling with a partner institution.

“Through this partnership, a four-year degree is even more within reach,” Wang said.

The project was made possible through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and County Executive Brian M. Hughes. In 2016, Hughes created the Mercer County Partnership for Educational Attainment, which Wang chaired. In announcing the commission, Hughes noted at the time: “Improving educational attainment is probably the single most important thing we can do for the future of our region.”

“I’m proud of this college,” Hughes said during the groundbreaking ceremony. “We want people to get their four-year degree in Mercer County, and start their economic lives in Mercer County, thus building a more vibrant economy.”

The new University Center will be constructed adjacent to the existing Fine Arts Building on the northwest area of the West Windsor Campus. Construction will begin in early 2019, with an anticipated opening date in the spring of 2020. Learn more about the MCCC University Center program at www.mccc.edu/uc.


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