Hudson County Community College Celebrates Grand Opening of New Student Center

The College-owned building, which formerly housed faculty offices and classrooms, underwent an
$8.2 million renovation that was completed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. “This building is the first, dedicated Student Center in the College’s 47-year history, and because of the pandemic, this is the first time our students are able to take full advantage of everything it offers,”
Dr. Reber stated. He said the HCCC Student Center has been bustling these past few weeks, and Student Center Information Desk Assistants have been very busy because of increased on-campus classes.

Di Cara| Rubino Architects designed the renovation to create a state-of-the-art setting that affords students the very best in technology, safety, and convenience. The Student Center is the “living room” for all HCCC students – a place where students can relax, meet outside the classroom, share ideas and values, assist and advise one another, pursue career and employment opportunities, attend events celebrating diverse cultures, and build long-lasting relationships.

The HCCC Student Cente  r first floor includes the Welcome Center, Student Lounges, full-service Café, Veterans’ Lounge, and Security Command Center. The second floor houses offices for Student Life, Student Government and a variety of other student organizations, an Open Lounge, and a large, Multipurpose Room for events and meetings. Offices of the College’s Security, Custodial and Facilities staff, and storage space are located on the lower level.

The renovation by APS Contracting, Inc. included the addition of façade brick stained to match that of the adjoining HCCC Gabert Library; replacement of the existing roof; complete interior demolition; the addition of a new entrance vestibule; installation of new HVAC systems, elevators, and an emergency generator; and a direct, indoor connection to the Gabert Library. Wi Fi and computer stations are available throughout the building, as are “green” elements for energy efficiency and sustainability.

The HCCC Student Center is the latest of several construction projects undertaken by the College that have transformed Journal Square. It represents the College’s mission to serve its diverse communities with inclusive educational programs and services that promote student success, upward social and economic mobility, and resources for growth. The project was financed with Chapter 12 funding, a state program for county colleges that is funded through State and County capital bond financing. All of the College’s capital improvements have been completed with appropriated capital. As a result, the College does not carry any capital debt, and not one dollar of student tuition is utilized for debt.

#   #   #

Pictured from left: Delfin Ganapin III, Program Assistant, Student Life and Leadership; Ja’Via Hall, Programming Coordinator, North Hudson Campus, Student Life and Leadership; Angela Tuzzo, Associate Director, Student Life and Leadership; Roman Dodia, President, Students Against Ableism; Natalie Betancourt, Social Media Intern, Student Life and Leadership; Jasmine Ngin, Alumni Advisor, Student Government Association; Angel Beebe, President, Student Government Association; Pamela Gardner, HCCC Trustee; Dr. David Clark, Associate Dean, Student Affairs; Dr. Christopher Reber, HCCC President; Christian Rodriguez, Student Center Information Desk Assistant, Student Life and Leadership; Lisa Dougherty, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment; Keiry Hernandez, Student Center Information Desk Assistant, Student Life and Leadership; June Barriére, Administrative Assistant, Office of Student Services; and Veronica Gerosimo, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Leadership.

About Hudson County Community College

Hudson County Community College serves more than 18,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Fine and Performing Arts. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. Over 94% of HCCC Nursing program graduates passed the NCLEX first time out, placing the program’s graduates in the top tier of two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide. In 2017, the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 5% of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social and economic mobility.

HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college and university in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education.