UNION CITY Hudson County Community College officials are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow for the school’s newly opened Higher Education Center in Union City.
“In planning our campuses, we want to be certain that the places where our students pursue their dreams are as beautiful as their dreams themselves,” HCCC president Glen Gabert said in a statement.
The new education center is located at 4800 Kennedy Blvd., one block from the West New York Light Rail Station. It is the first new addition to the school since the Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center in Jersey City was completed in spring 2007, officials said.
The Higher Education Center, which opened for students on Aug. 31, is part of a $200 million renovation project that includes the administration, enrollment services and student affairs buildings at the Journal Square campus, officials said.
Construction on the Union City facility lasted two years, from spring 2009 to last spring, and the project cost about $28 million.
The seven-story building contains 92,330 square feet of space and houses an art studio, film and music studies room, biology and chemistry labs, and a fitness center, officials said.
In addition, a college bookstore and enrollment center are located on the first floor.
“Everything our students need is here, in one easily accessible place,” said William Netchert, chairman of the HCCC Board of Trustees.