GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Richard Stockton College will open its instructional site in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, Ocean County, for the fall semester.
The new facility, located at 712 East Bay Ave. in the Manahawkin Plaza, is scheduled to open later this month, offering six courses. More than 100 students already have enrolled for those courses college officials said in an announcement Wednesday.
Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp said the new site will give students from Ocean and its bordering counties the chance to take courses closer to home.
Provost Harvey Kesselman said the site was a natural fit since Ocean County is home to four of the college’s top 10 municipalities for enrollment, according to fall 2011 statistics. Toms River was the third-leading municipality overall with 282 students enrolled at Stockton, followed by Manahawkin, Tuckerton, and Barnegat. With 1,491 students total, Ocean County ranks second after Atlantic County in student enrollment.
“We’re very excited to plant roots in Ocean County, consistently one of our strongest counties in terms of enrollment,” Kesselman said. “Additionally, Ocean County Community College is a pipeline for some of our most qualified transfer students.”
The Manahawkin Instructional Site offers two large state-of-the-art classrooms, each holding 35 seats and equipped with an e-podium for classroom and presentation purposes. The site also offers computing stations for students and printing capabilities.
Initial course offerings for the fall semester include Introduction to Management, Language Acquisition, Families, Schools & Communities, Documentary Photography, Science of Forecasting Waves, and Introduction to Sociology. In addition, the Office of Continuing education will offer a variety of seminars and trainings.
Stockton first announced plans for the site in February. Plans called for a 10-year lease starting with 3,400 square feet of space with an option to add an additional 5,000 square feet at a cost of $15 per square foot, or about $51,000, the first year. The developer renovated the site to meet Stockton’s needs.
Stockon also plans to open a site in Hammonton in January in a building on Front Street currently under renovation.
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