PLAINFIELD – Tuesday, Oct. 20, was a momentous day for Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin, as she held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location of the Health Sciences programs at the College’s Plainfield campus. Joined by Assemblyman Jerry Green and Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp, all three agreed that the day marked a new beginning for the educational opportunities available in the City of Plainfield. President McMenamin was also joined by Freeholder Vernell Wright and many members of the College’s board, including Board of Trustees Chairman, Victor M. Richel, who addressed the audience. Mr. Richel reflected on the opening of the Plainfield campus, more than 20 years ago, and how this addition and upgrade will help fulfill the demands in healthcare training today.
Also present were members of the Thul family. Mrs. Louise Thul, was joined by sons, Larry and James Thul, to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration of the new use of the building that formerly served as Thul Auto Parts. The property was originally acquired by the College in November 2013 from the Thul family. James Thul spoke on behalf of the family and expressed how pleased he was to see the building in use again and serving those in the community, just as his family did for more than 100 years. The College’s Practical Nursing, Emergency Health Sciences, and Paramedic programs are in this building located at 225 Roosevelt Avenue.