Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky speaking at the ceremony to celebrate Stockton's new facility in Woodbine.

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Richard Stockton College dedicated its first instructional location in Cape May County Monday.

The Anne Azeez Hall formally opened on 610 Washington Ave. in Woodbine. It is a $600,000 addition to the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage of Stockton.

The 2,800- square-foot facility will hold two electronic classrooms that can hold as many as 60 people total.

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Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. said the new building will give the local college a stringer presence in Cape May County. Stockton also opened a building in Hammonton — named Kramer Hall — earlier this year.

“This is a remarkable day for Stockton as we look to expand our academic offerings here in Woodbine,” Saatkamp said. “Like Kramer Hall, Anne Azeez Hall will allow Stockton to establish a stronger presence here in Cape May County, a place where students and the community will have opportunities to access a Stockton education and learn more about the dynamic history of this community.”

Stockton Provost and Executive Vice President Harvey Kesselman said the college will host community education offerings, continuing education courses and arts and cultural events at the new location.

“There will be something for everyone,” Kesselman said.

The college already has scheduled professional development workshops for K-12 educators at the Anne Azeez Hall. Undergraduate and graduate courses will also be scheduled at the facility during the summer and fall.

Michael Azeez, Sam and Anne’s son, donated $5 million to the college – including the land – in 2011. The college now oversees the museum, which is a former synagogue, and is now 10 years old.

“With the addition of the classrooms, I hope that students in Cape May County will take advantage of the educational opportunities offered here in Woodbine,” Anne Azeez said. “I am grateful that we were able to provide another option for our young people to achieve success through learning.”

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