TCNJ recommended for $57.4 million in state grants; funds would be used to bolster STEM initiatives

TCNJ recommended for $57.4 million in state grants; funds would be used to bolster STEM initiatives

scce-a2The College has been recommended to receive more than $57 million in grants from the state that college officials said will be used for capital projects supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives on campus.

The funds are slated for four major projects, including $41 million toward the construction of a 76,000-square-foot STEM building. Of the rest, $3.5 million would expand technology infrastructure; $6.9 million would upgrade and expand learning and research equipment in the Schools of Science, Engineering, and Nursing, Health and Exercise Science; and $6 million would assist in the renovation of the chemistry and biology areas of the Science Complex and Armstrong Hall. The projects have been sent to the state Legislature for consideration.

“This is a truly exciting time in our history,” said Provost Jacqueline Taylor.  “We have the opportunity to construct facilities that match the caliber of the stellar programs in STEM education we have at TCNJ. We will be able to enhance our ability to offer the kinds of undergraduate research and professional preparation that are hallmarks of a TCNJ education.”

The money would come from The Building Our Future Bond Act, which was approved by voters in November 2012 and provides $750 million in grant money to state colleges and universities. The state is making available a nearly equal amount through the Higher Education Capital Improvement Fund, the Higher Education Facilities Trust Fund, the Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund and the Higher Education Equipment Leasing Fund.

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