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Caldwell, NJ – April 30, 2013 – There were shouts of joy at Caldwell University Tuesday when the college learned that its application for more than $3.8 million dollars for capital construction projects had been approved by the state Office of Higher Education.

“To say we are thrilled would be an understatement. We are grateful to the Secretary of Higher Education for all her work on this project,” said Dr. Nancy H. Blattner, president of Caldwell University.   “This is a wonderful support of science and research in New Jersey.    It will enable Caldwell to renovate and modernize our science and nursing labs, boosting the education our students already receive in preparing for careers in health care in the 21st century,” she said.  

The science labs will pave the way for a master’s degree in nursing, complementing Caldwell’s already popular bachelor of science in nursing degree and health sciences programs.  Among the other capital projects that Caldwell received approval for are the creation of a centralized data communications center, the establishment of the Learning Commons in the college’s Jennings Library that will house the Center for Teaching and Learning, the launch of The Center for Academic Technology with a Classroom of the Future and upgraded technology across campus.

Governor Christie announced Monday that the Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks had sent the legislature a list of 176 higher education approved construction projects from colleges and universities around the state including Caldwell’s.  The legislature has sixty days to respond to the Secretary and the bonds will then have to be sold.

The projects were mostly focused on science, technology, engineering and math with the goal of getting the best students to study in New Jersey and making New Jersey colleges and universities attractive to business and industry.   Last November voters in New Jersey approved the $750 million construction bond through a question on the ballot.  New Jersey has not invested money in capital projects in higher education in 25 years.  The projects will also be financed through other state higher education funds.

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