JERSEY CITY — The Hudson County Schools of Technology held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday for a new annex at County Prep High School.
The new Applied Science Academy and Gymnasium Annex will be used to prepare students for future study in medical, health and wellness related careers and other in-demand fields, officials said.
“It is very exciting to see this project come to fruition,” said HCST Superintendent Frank Gargiulo. “The new… Annex will support Hudson County Schools of Technology’s mission of providing local students with an exceptional public education. Students will be able to learn hands on using state of the art equipment and get valuable learning experience.”
The Annex is two stories and includes nine classrooms with medical training rooms, two science labs and a CPR and first aid classroom, among others. It also comes equipped with 3D motion analysis, an anti-gravity treadmill and a bone density scanner, as well as other similar equipment.
Additionally, the 54,000 square-foot building will feature a gymnasium with bleacher seating for 750 people, a floor seating capacity for over 1,700 and a regulation college basketball court. It will also include a wellness center with a yoga room, conditioning room, and fitness training room.
The ceremony was attended by HCST Board of Education President Craig Guy, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil, Jersey City Councilman Daniel Rivera, Hudson County Freeholder Junior Maldonado, HCST Board Secretary Joe Muniz, Director of Planning, Research and Evaluation Dr. Joseph Sirangelo, HCST Business Administrator Nicholas Fargo, County Prep Principal Barbara Mendolla and other local, county and school district officials.
“The Hudson County Schools of Technology do an exceptional job at preparing our students for the future,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “This new annex brings the latest technology to the classroom to give our students the best chance to succeed in today’s competitive job market. As a former educator I couldn’t feel more proud.”