A March 2017 ribbon-cutting ceremony officially marked a new era for Cumberland County College as leaders from local, county and state government joined the College’s administration to open a new Arts & Innovation Center at 321 North High Street in Millville.
The $6.4 million project is the result of a partnership spearheaded by the Cumberland County Improvement Authority which includes several financial institutions that supported the project along with the Millville Urban Redevelopment Corporation. “County residents now have more convenient access to college courses in a downtown area. Here merchants, the college and the city have joined forces to help advance education while achieving their growth objectives,” Gerard Velazquez, Executive Director of the CCIA explained.
Located in the heart of Millville’s Glasstown Arts District, the center will provide 20,000 square feet of educational and training space for students. The center will serve an estimated student population of more than 500 and is projected to create several million in new retail sales for the area. According to the CCIA, its annual economic impact is expected to exceed $7 million.
Acting Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs for the College, James Piccone Ed. D., said the facility features programs related to the production of ceramic arts, ceramic arts technologies, gallery and business presentation, as well as Fine Arts programs from the main campus that include: Art Education, Art Therapy, Design/Fine Arts, and Ceramics. “Our plans are to also offer more innovative programs in Cybersecurity, Luthiery and Beverage Tourism/Tasting Room Management,” Dr. Piccone said. “College courses being offered at the center, some in a condensed fashion, also include general education courses such as Effective Speech, U.S. History, World History and Art Appreciation.”