BY DEREK ALLEN
The fences have come down, the heavy machinery has rolled on to the next job and final additions to the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center (LRC) have been completed.
The end of of the highly-anticipated construction project came with a ribbon cutting ceremony in December attended by The County College of Morris Board of Trustees, Morris County Board of Freeholders, CCM faculty and students.
“As a result of the generosity of those who contributed to the campaign, we were able to create a state-of-the-art facility for the benefit of our students and local businesses,” said CCM President Dr. Edward J. Yaw.
The new center has opened with the moniker as the Alex DeCroce Media Center, named after the late Alex DeCroce who served as an Assemblyman, Morris County Freeholder and as a member of the CCM Board of Trustees.
“It is especially appropriate that this new center now is named in memory of Alex DeCroce, who was such a strong proponent of education and a long-time supporter of the college,” Yaw said.
According to Morris County Freeholder John Krickus, the investment in the building benefits the students and county residents.
“This greatly enhanced facility will improve what is already an outstanding communications and media program,” Krickus said. “The freeholders’ continued investment in CCM, including $1 million the freeholders approved for this project, shows our continued support for this outstanding institution.”
The finished renovations have added a digital media editing classroom, two studio control rooms, a green room for guests, and a professional studio with green screen cycloramas to create a variety of background images for videos.
“Our family greatly appreciates this recognition,” said Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, wife of Alex Decroce. “We are so pleased that the investment into this state-of-the-art media center will serve not only the students but the community at large.”
The media center functions as a TV studio and classroom for students majoring in Broadcasting Arts and Technology or Communication. The new additions also provide multimedia support for a range of activities on campus, including classroom presentations, audio and video productions, and on-campus conferences.
The media center has also been made available to the area’s corporate and business community for producing training and promotional videos.