Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates
the Expansion of the PCCC Wanaque Academic Center.
Posted November 8, 2016
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 27 officially marked the opening of the recently expanded PCCC Wanaque Academic Center (WAC), located at 500 Union Avenue in Wanaque.
“This is exciting for us,” said PCCC President Steven Rose, who cut the ribbon. Dr. Rose noted the $10 million project, which was funded by state and county monies, will enable enrollment of up to 2,000 students, twice the number currently attending classes at WAC.
Also attending the exciting event were Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Passaic County Freeholder Terry Duffy and former Freeholder Richard DuHaime, who is also a trustee of PCCC.
Designed by Comerro Coppa Architects of Totowa, the expansion of the single-building facility created two state-of-the art professional kitchens for PCCC’s new Culinary Arts program, which will be based at the suburban campus, as well as new facilities for the Fine and Performing Arts division, including music recording and practice studios, a black box theater, and a fine arts workspace with floor-to-ceiling windows that enable natural light.
Enhancements include a comfortable student-gathering spot with a café. The WAC facility now totals 66,000 square feet on a 20-acre campus that also features ample outdoor parking.
The expansion of the WAC campus reflects the growth of academics at PCCC where new degree programs were introduced this Fall in Culinary Arts, Music Technology, and Digital Media Production. Also new are certificate programs in Culinary Arts, Baking, and Basic Video Production. See all Academic Programs at PCCC.
These programs represent some of today’s fastest growing job fields, and the WAC expansion enables students interested in those fields, and in Studio Arts and Theater, to enjoy the educational and employment advantages of learning in a cutting-edge facility.
An added convenience for students is a new campus-run shuttle service between WAC and PCCC’s Main Campus in Paterson. The shuttle runs Monday through Friday, starting at 7:00 am and making seven runs a day that coordinate with class schedules at WAC.
The Wanaque Academic Center was built in 1999 and is one of four PCCC campuses located throughout Passaic County. In addition to WAC and the Main Campus are the Passaic Academic Center and the Public Safety Academy in Wayne. Get more info about PCCC campuses.