SOMERSET, NJ - Central Jersey College Prep Charter School a recipient of a 2016 National Ribbon Award held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. 

"Today marks the culmination of an idea that began about a few years ago, Central Jersey College Prep Charter School (CJCP), Cheif Education Officer, Dr. Namik Sercan said. "An idea about a new, state-of-the-art facility for the Central Jersey College Prep Charter School – for the creation of an educational facility that will serve as a catalyst for increased student achievement and also economic growth in our region."

CJCP was approved for expansion by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) on March 1, and as a result, the students, faculty, and staff moved into a new facility designed to handle the anticipated demand of the school. 

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Sercan said the move was necessary to address the increasing demand from parents in the communities CJCP serves. CJCP currently serves students from Franklin, North Brunswick, South Brunswick and New Brunswick.

"The number of applications has drastically increased for the past few years – 465 applications in 2015 and 956 in 2016," Sercan said. "More than 1200 application were made for an admission to Central Jersey College Prep Charter School for 2017-18 school year."

The new facility is 93,000-sq.ft. facility featuring 60 classrooms, a cafeteria, gymnasium, and auditorium located at 101 Mettlers Road. 

Currently, the school enrolls 480 students, with the expansion the school will be able to serve 960 students, by 2020.

Sercan and his staff believe the expansion of the school will help the business community by attracting domestic and international companies that are looking to come to New Jersey to set up their businesses because the expansion of the school provides more school options like CJCP available to families.

Also attending the ceremony were members of the government representing state, county, and local entities in addition to officials from the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce, and the Somerset County Business Partnership.

NJDOE Commissioner, Kimberly Harrington was also in attendance.

CJCP was founded in 2006, and since 2011 has graduated 100% of its seniors, with more than 80% of them moving on to college, according to Sercan. 

Since 2013 the school has won academic awards and received recognition from the state and national organizations. 

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