By Anthony Ingham
President Anthony J. Iacono, the CCM Board of Trustees, the campus community, Morris County Board of Freeholders, State Representatives and Industry Leaders met to celebrate the Groundbreaking of the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center in the Student Community Center, Davidson Room on January 30. Around 100 people came together to honor the $11 million state-of-the-art center, which was made to alleviate the need for employment and growing industry demands.
The building is planned to have two electronics labs, two prototyping labs, two computer labs, a 3D printing room, an analysis lab, an automation and controls/robotics/emerging technologies lab, a measuring and materials testing lab, a welding lab, makerspace, conference rooms, classrooms and offices. It is expected to open around Spring 2020, according to a CCM press release.
Dr. Anthony Iacono, President of CCM, stressed the importance of how this would affect students in the time to come.
“Breaking the ground is breaking [for] the future,” he said. “The relationships and what we’ve achieved here have all been for our students’ futures.”
Construction of the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center will free up space in the college’s current engineering and manufacturing lab, which will allow for the construction of The Paragano Family Foundation Healthcare Simulation Center. Through the CCM Foundation’s “Forward” Campaign, the Paragano Family Foundation gave leadership, as well as over $1.8 million to support the initiative, according to the CCM “Forward Campaign” page. CCM will also be broadening its scope of health care programs alongside development of the simulation center.
Multiple people spoke to the crowd that day, such as CCM chair and Board of Trustees member Paul R. Licitra, Assemblyman of Legislative District 25 Anthony M. Bucco, Director of Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders Douglas R. Cabana, NJ Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo, Deputy Secretary of the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education Diana Gonzalez, President of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Meghan Hunscher, CEO of Glenbrook Technologies, Gil Zweig, and Electronics Engineering Technology Major, as well as Former Glenbrook Technologies Intern Cindy Ramerspad. Each speaker had a different set of topics they covered, anywhere from the current manufacturing marketplace to how glad they were to be a part of the contribution to the new building.
Gonzalez says that she believes this is a good move because it supports many of the people in these programs.
“At the end of the day, we want our students to make incredible wages, and put their learning in action,” she said.
After the speeches were over, the actual groundbreaking commenced around 11:30 a.m., just outside of 675, the building which houses the Public Safety and Information System departments, on Route 10. Pictures were taken with those who had helped support the funding of the building shortly after, as they stood next to a nearby bulldozer with golden shovels and hardhats.
To learn more about CCM’s Manufacturing and Engineering programs, visit the Department of Engineering Technologies and Engineering Science, or their page on CCM’s website at https://tinyurl.com/y9qkr3ty. If you wish to learn about its Workforce Development programs, visit https://www.ccm.edu/workforce/ .
Originally Published in the 2-13-2019 issue of the Youngtown Edition