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Rowan College at Burlington County begins construction of Student Success Center

Student Success Center groundbreaking

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) marked the beginning of the fall 2016 semester by breaking ground on the new Student Success Center that will be a visible symbol from Route 38 of the college’s dramatic transformation.

“We are transforming into the model of high-quality affordable education in the 21st century and in less than a year our students will have a state-of-the-art facility that they deserve,” RCBC President Paul Drayton said. “Our Student Success Center is a symbol of Rowan College at Burlington County’s transformation and our ‘Students first’ culture.”

President Drayton, Rowan University President Dr. Ali Houshmand, Burlington County Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien, RCBC Board Chair George Nyikita, RCBC Foundation Chair Tony Mahon and Student Government Association President Christina Cover held the ceremonial groundbreaking with the college’s faculty and staff. The groundbreaking was held as the college welcomed the fall semester, roughly a year after the college unveiled its new identity in celebration of its historic partnership with Rowan University.

“It’s amazing to see all the changes underway at Rowan College at Burlington County since we entered into our partnership a little more than a year ago,” said Rowan University President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “This new building is a giant step for RCBC and will provide a wonderful facility for students on the path to associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.”

Preparation of the construction site of the 78,000-square-foot Student Success Center and 320-car parking lot began earlier this month and is expected to open before the fall 2017 semester.

“The Student Success Center is a beautiful addition to our county that the entire community can be proud of,” said Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien. “As a Rowan College at Burlington County alumna, I am very proud to see the future of workforce development and higher education opportunities in Burlington County.”

All student services will be accessible in one technology-rich center.

“It’s going to be exciting watching this building rise throughout the year, especially thinking about the better service that students will receive,” said SGA President Christina Cover.  “Students will want to spend more time on campus once this center arrives whether to study, grab a bite to eat or just relax between classes.”

As the college transitions from the Pemberton campus to the convenient and modern Mount Laurel campus, the only amenity the newer campus needed was a center for student services, dining, bookstore and library.

“This marks an important milestone in our goal of transforming Rowan College at Burlington County into the nation’s leading model of affordable, high-quality higher education,” Board Chair George Nyikita said. “From this spot, we will quickly see tangible evidence of our commitment to students and affirmation of all the great change we have made in a short period of time.”

A number of new initiatives including the college’s campus transformation and the new 3+1 option to Rowan University that can save students more than $75,000 off a bachelor’s degree have created excitement throughout the college community that is extending to supporters.

“Our upcoming Celebration of Philanthropy fundraiser is on track to be the most successful in our history because of the transformative initiatives occurring at the college,” RCBC Foundation Chair Tony Mahon said. “The RCBC Foundation is working very hard to support students and our board and donors are very excited about this dynamic new facility that will better serve students in the future.”

The center, parking lot and the completion of the College Circle loop are being built by Terminal Construction Corporation. The building was designed by USA Architects in collaboration with Moody Nolan.

To take a virtual tour of the new Student Success Center, or to learn more about the college’s transformation, please visit rcbc.edu/campus-transformation. To make a charitable donation in support of the Student Success Center, please contact RCBC Foundation Executive Director Anika Ragins-Riley at araginsriley@rcbc.edu or 856-291-4224.