EDISON – Can Middlesex College become a county-wide multipurpose destination?
This is what officials completed their plan with the Community, Innovation, and Opportunity (CIO) Strategic Investment plan as part of the county’s 2040 Strategic Plan.
The plan to transform and strengthen Middlesex College and the Magnet School System, as well as to meet the diverse needs of the entire community, was announced at a press conference at Middlesex College on November 1.
Each CIO’s strategic investment plan includes:
- Air Multipurpose Community Venue for concerts, cultural events, and multipurpose sports such as baseball, soccer, or lacrosse.
- Workforce Development and Conference Center.
- The new Community Park is about providing educational opportunities for children.
- A new Student Center that will include campus and community amenities.
- New Middlesex County Magnet School, Future County Magnet School.
- A Destination Athletic Complex featuring 14 multi-sports synthetic fields; 16 tennis courts and a state-of-the-art cricket field.
- Expansion of existing outdoor spaces by adding active public art, seating, and water features to these areas.
County leadership along with key state and local government and school district officials – Gov. Phil Murphy; New Jersey General Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-19); Director Ronald G. Rios, Middlesex County Commissioner; Edison Mayor Sam Joshi; Middlesex College President Mark McCormick; School Superintendent Jorge E. Diaz; John A. Pulomena Middlesex County Administrator; and Middlesex College Alumni Trustee Anvay Patel – spoke about the long-term economic impact this new policy will have and how it will transform the region.
“From recreational to cultural opportunities to world class, from athletic to educational, this project will improve the lives of so many in our community,” said Middlesex County Commissioner Ronald G. Rios.
“This project is an unprecedented opportunity to not only solidify Middlesex College’s place as one of the best two-year colleges in America, not only to expand the educational offerings of either the College or the Great School System, but to transform the campus into a multi-purpose destination for the community here in Middlesex County and in the throughout this region.CIO Research’s Strategic Plan will smartly transform the outdoor activities available to families and individuals throughout both Middlesex County and the State of New Jersey.
Murphy said Middlesex County “has long epitomized the best our state has to offer.” [with] economic opportunity, family communities and schools that prepare our children to reach their full potential not as students, but as community members and future leaders.”
“The CIO Strategic investment plan announced today will further promote educational opportunities, community engagement, and skills among Middlesex College students and residents of all ages,” he said. “These developments alone further solidify Middlesex College as a crucial anchor in a community that will continue to grow and flourish for generations to come.”
Coughlin said the plan is to improve and enhance people’s quality of life through the development of educational opportunities that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and provide greater access to skills and athletics.
Joshi said the proposed cricket pitch is “an extraordinary development for the residents of Edison, who have been hoping for an official place to play cricket for decades” as Edison moves forward with the county and city partnership.
“Middlesex College is truly the heart of Middlesex County,” Middlesex College President Mark McCormick said. “With this extraordinary and transformative investment from the state and county of Middlesex on and near our campus, Middlesex College can do more to focus and live up to its mission of providing access to quality, affordable education for a diverse population, supporting student success for lifelong learning and life.” strengthening the economic, social and cultural community.”
The Middlesex County Magnet School of the Future plans to offer programs in environmental and engineering technology, information communication and global logistics.
“The School of the Future will elevate its location on the Middlesex College campus to provide an education that is both academically and practically advanced, providing students with access to college-level courses as well as the latest equipment and technology,” Middlesex County Superintendent. Magnet School Jorge E. Diaz said.
“In the future, our students will be able to graduate with a high school diploma and a two-year college degree. This will be a game changer for our student community. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are confident that with our excellent partners and community support, this project will be a unique success,” he said.
Middle School Magnet County, formerly Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School, is comprised of five separate campuses in Piscataway, Perth Amboy, Brunswick, Edison and Woodbridge. The schools are joined by over 2,200 schools. In addition, the school also has an Adult Education program that benefits nearly 400 adults each year.
Consistent with the principles of Destination 2040, the CIO Strategic Investment Plan will not only guide Middlesex College’s growth over the next decade, but will increase the quality of life and drive economic development for all of Middlesex County, according to county officials.
Middlesex College, formerly Middlesex County College, is located at 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison.