County College of Morris (CCM) just broke ground on a project that will help expand and diversify the State’s economic base, and help attract a stronger base for manufacturers.
Approximately 200 guests gathered at CCM to celebrate the plans for the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center designed to address employment needs and growing industry demands. The 31,500-square-foot facility is expected to open spring 2020.
The Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center will feature the latest technology and equipment to prepare the workforce of the future, provide current employees with cutting-edge training and offer faculty, students and industry the opportunity to work collaboratively on solutions and new developments. Facilities will be available for corporate demonstration purposes, shared training activities, meetings and events that connect the college to its workforce partners more than ever before.
Included in the program were CCM President Tony Iacona, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (Legislative Manufacturing Caucus), Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (Legislative Manufacturing Caucus), New Jersey Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Robert Asaro-Angelo, Deputy Secretary of State Higher Education Diana Gonzalez, and Morris County Chamber of Commerce President Meghan Hunscher.
“Today’s groundbreaking serves as a reminder of how important manufacturing is, not only to our immediate area, but to New Jersey as a whole,” said Assemblyman Anthony Bucco. “Together, we will continue to develop new and innovative technology and manufacturing systems that will help stimulate and grow our economy and pave the way for our future generations.”
Tony Iacona credited the partnerships between the business, education, and legislative communities for their strong advocacy. New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) was recognized by Tony Iacona, Assemblyman Bucco and Robert Asaro-Angelo for their work and advocacy to help more than 11,000 Manufacturers/STEM firms in New Jersey to achieve manufacturing excellence across the state; by introducing programs such as apprenticeships, their work on the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Advanced Manufacturing and Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Industry Partnerships, State-of the-State Manufacturing Summit held in Trenton and at CCM, and National Manufacturing Day.