PATERSON, NJ – For years, Passaic County’s one-stop career center has been “one-stop” in name only. Unlike other counties that offered a center location for various unemployment services, Passaic’s job offices were scattered about at different locations.
But that’s going to change soon when Passaic County Community College (PCCC) opens its new, $12 million building on Memorial Drive and Ellison Street. College President Steven Rose said the entire first floor and part of the second floor will be leased by the state to house Passaic County’s One-Stop Career Center.
Rose said the project dates back to a 2003 conversation he had with the state treasurer at the time during which the treasurer mentioned the need for a central location for the county job center. Over the next few weeks, the unemployment office on Broadway and other labor department offices will be relocating to the new PCCC building.
Part of the second floor and the entire third floor of the three-story structure will be used for classrooms at the college, which has an enrollment of about 13,000 and is among the fastest-growing community colleges in New Jersey, Rose said.
In addition, the college also is planning to build a $1 million pedestrian bridge across Ellison Street to connect the new building with its Academic Hall, Rose said.
That project, which would be similar to the pedestrian bridge that crosses College Boulevard, should take about six months, Rose said.
The Paterson City Council on Tuesday night is scheduled to approve an easement allowing for the bridge construction.