Posted Friday, September 12th, 2014

The County College of Morris Board of Trustees gathered with county officials Sept. 9 on the Randolph campus to celebrate the groundbreaking for an $8.5 million Music Technology building to house the college’s popular and growing music technology and other performing arts programs.

Funding for the facility is coming from the Building Our Future Bond Act that was approved by New Jersey voters in 2012.

The bond is providing $750 million for New Jersey’s colleges. With county matching funds, CCM is receiving a total of $10 million to construct the Music Technology building and for the recent upgrades it made to its engineering and mechanical labs.

According to CCM President Dr. Edward J. Yaw, enrollment in the college’s music technology programs has grown 36 percent since 2007. The new facility not only will address that growth but allow CCM to build upon the strengths of its music and performing arts programs, Yaw said.

CCM officials expressed their gratitude to the residents of New Jersey for approving the bond act, and to the Morris County Freeholders for supporting the college.

The Music Technology facility will be a 22,500-square-foot, two-story addition to the college’s Student Community Center.

The facility will include an experimental theater lab/theater-in-the-round that will serve as a large hands-on classroom with a recording studio and seating for 100 – 125 people; two standard classrooms; an electronic music/aural comprehension classroom and piano lab; a second recording studio; a scene shop; dressing rooms and multiple student practice rooms.

Academic programs to be housed in the new facility include digital media technology, drama, media technology, music and music recording.