Construction of Morris County Vocational Training Center set to begin in November

The Morris County Vocational School District announced yesterday that construction will begin in November on its new vocational training center at the County College of Morris in Randolph, which will expand vocational school operations by 30%.

“The new center has the potential to add 500 students to the school district, exposing career-focused, college-bound high school students to the kind of hard skills that will lead them to a prosperous future,” said Commissioner- director Tayfun Selen.

The construction schedule and details of the project were presented to the Morris County Board of Commissioners, as the council introduced a bond ordinance to support construction.

“This new initiative allows students to pursue professional training while simultaneously earning an industry-recognized degree and college credits. This puts students on the path to a career and college readiness, while also meeting the high school graduation requirements in their local district,” said school district superintendent Scott Moffitt. Morris County professional.

“Building on successful programs already underway through CCM’s longstanding partnership with MCVSD, high school students will now have greater access to a variety of high-demand program offerings in areas such as artificial intelligence. , mechatronics, renewable energy technology. , certified practical nurse and dental assistant to capture a wide range of interests and passions,” added Moffitt.

The November groundbreaking and construction schedule depends on weather conditions and the constituency in the materials supply chain. The two-story, 45,940-square-foot center will cost $24.8 million, including $6.2 million from the county and $18.6 million from the state under the Securing Our Children’s Future Act ( SOCF).

It will be built adjacent to CCM’s Advanced Manufacturing Center, which also plans a new Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science Center on campus. Both projects were first announced at a joint press conference last August hosted by Morris County Commissioners Superintendent Moffitt and CCM Chairman Dr. Anthony J. Iacono.

According to a statement provided by the county, both projects “build on strong partnerships established with business and industry as well as existing programs designed to prepare high school, college and adult students for rewarding careers in the high-demand industries.

The MCVSD expansion will operate on a time-share model for high school juniors and seniors. It will focus on workforce development and provide students with industry credentials, work- and project-based learning opportunities, and up to 18 college credits. The project builds on an existing partnership between the MCVSD and the CCM.

Milton S. Rodgers