Celebrating the Impact Partnerships Have on Changing Lives and Strengthening Communities

County College of Morris (CCM) and Morris County Vocational School District (MCVSD) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, September 27 for a new Career Training Center located on CCM’s campus. This joint endeavor will open doors and improve lives by enabling Morris County students to pursue in-demand educational and career pathways while earning high school and college credits simultaneously.

“When this new building is complete, we will be able to serve an additional 500 students from Morris County in their junior and senior years,” said Scott Moffitt, Superintendent of MCVSD. “They will have access to a variety of career training programs while also gaining college credits and industry credentials. “

According to Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, President of CCM, “This is a day where students win and Morris County, the diamond of New Jersey, gets even better. The mission of CCM is dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their educational goals for a brighter tomorrow and fostering regional, economic development and growth. Our partnership resulting in this cutting-edge facility further enhances our thriving initiatives and collaborations with the community.”

According to George Milonas ’98, Chair, CCM Board of Trustees, “This early college program significantly scales what we have long been doing with the Morris County Vocational School District. Our partnership will allow students to focus on high-demand careers, not only enriching the lives of students but also helping to meet the demands of the many employers here in Morris County.”

Today’s initiative called upon the robust, pre-existing partnership between CCM and MCVSD affording high school students the possibility to acquire college credits in programs such as culinary and hospitality, engineering, manufacturing and music technology, as well as highly regarded industry certifications and the pathway to an associate degree at CCM.

The expansion will utilize a dual enrollment model, which provides an opportunity to earn high school and college credits simultaneously while at MCVSD. Its primary emphasis will be on offering students the chance to earn up to 20 college credits and industry-recognized credentials while engaging in work-based and project-based learning experiences.

“This project will be built with exactly what our students are looking for today,” said Senator Anthony Bucco, Legislative District 25, “an opportunity to get a head start, an opportunity to get a great education, an opportunity to explore fields in the STEM industry, in healthcare, where the demand is high and where they can succeed. This is what today is all about.”

“The skill set that this career center will teach and enhance involves fields such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, supply chain management and healthcare. We are not just groundbreaking for a building; we are doing much more,” said Honorable John Krickus, County Commissioner Director. “We are providing skills for our residents to build a career. A career will provide a good income, building a home and family. Skilled employees allow companies to innovate, and create products right here in Morris County, USA.”

According to Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, Legislative District 25, “the younger generation is looking for more specialty fields, they want to have curriculum that focuses on going right to work with high-paying positions, post-college.”

This initiative is made possible by funds from Morris County and the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act made possible by the New Jersey Legislature.

The project has a proposed opening date of 2024.

Iacono thanked Moffitt for his vision and courage to share ideas, the team at CCM, including the Board of Trustees and Foundation, the team at MCVSD, Randolph township, the county commissioners, county administrators and county clerk, state legislators and federal officers.

“Shovels are in the ground as we begin to transform the landscape here at CCM,” said Moffitt. “Without their belief in our vision for this program, none of this would be possible.”

For questions or more information, contact Melissa Albright, Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations & Enrollment Management at CCM, email: malbright@ccm.edu, or call (973) 328-5171; Gina DiDomenico, Student Recruitment & Community Relations at MCVSD, email: DiDomenicog@mcvts.org or call 973-627-4600 Ext. 277.