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OCC Breaks Ground on New Student Center

Photo: George Gee
Photo: George Gee
By George Gee

With shovels in hand, the Ocean County College Board of Trustees broke ground on a new $19 million student center for the Toms River campus Monday.

Citing an aging building that did not fully address the needs of its current student population, the board approved a new student center and broke ground on the project in a special ceremony attended by trustees, students, alumni and staff.

The new student center will sit next to the current one, which is a one-story building that houses the cafeteria, its dining area, a student lounge and some staff and student organization office space. In comparison, the new student center will be two-stories high and expand the space for many of the services in the old student center.

According to OCC President Jon Larsen, the project will do much to enhance the space students interact. Often seating is full during break times and a new student center will better accommodate the current student population. 

At 56,000 square feet, the new student center will include a coffee bar, study areas, and game rooms in addition to a larger cafeteria and student lounges.
R Silva January 28, 2014 at 08:40 AM
You go Jon keep spending money and giving yourself raises while the employees go without contracts. Oh have you addressed lately the money that was wasted on the China promotion and now the 1.5 million you want to spend on the distance Learning promotion in the middle east. All this while the Nursing building is closed because of mold, the Instructional Building has the heat on 24/7 all year long and the 8 million dollar generating plant that doesn't work. I hope you have luck with this venture?
bob January 28, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Leave Jon alone, he's doing a fine job.
jerseytomato January 29, 2014 at 04:45 AM
OCC - a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. I wonder if 'Jon' is any relation to 'Jon Corzine,' because he sure spends out tax dollars as our former Governor does. Anyone know why OCC needs SIX Vice Presidents??

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