For almost thirty years, Union County College has been supported by the generosity of Victor M. Richel, who has served as the Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees since 1996. Mr. Richel and his wife, Andrea, of Berkeley Heights, have funded two scholarships for Union County College students through the Union County College Foundation. They recently expanded their support of the College. Their generous contribution enabled the Trinitas School of Nursing to be housed on the third floor of the new Elizabeth I. Kellogg Building, on the College’s Elizabeth campus. In honor of their generosity, a Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Event was held on June 8, 2011. The third floor of the Kellogg Building was dedicated in the name of “Andrea and Victor M. Richel Family Foundation Center for Education and Nursing.” 

In his remarks at the dedication, Mr. Richel, who also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, stated that the location of the Trinitas School of Nursing at Union County College’s Kellogg Building is a “very important part of In attendance to honor the Richels were members of the College’s Boards, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Angel Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski, members of the Trinitas Hospital Board, as well as members of their family. Dr. Margaret McMenamin, President of Union County College, offered words of thanks to the Richels for their continued commitment to the cooperative agreement between the College and Trinitas.

The Trinitas School of Nursing is the third largest nursing school in the nation. The Cooperative Nursing Program offers a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas School of Nursing and an Associate in Science Degree from Union County College upon successful completion of the curriculum. Fully accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., the program offers a basic course of study in nursing. It provides a sound theoretical base of knowledge in the nursing, biological, behavioral and sociological sciences and integrates this knowledge into academic and practical experiences within the health and illness continuum of client care. Utilization of a variety of health care agencies facilitates the application of all aspects of the students' learning.