Richard Stockton College of New Jersey officials have announced they will be partnering with the Aviation Research and Technology Park as they plan to bring a Next–Generation air transportation system to South Jersey.
It was a historic day for The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey as officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ARTP.
President of Stockton College, Dr. Herman Saatkamp, said, "Today we took not just one step forward - we took about ten." Dr. Edward Salmon, President of the ARTP Board, explained, "That means we've agreed that we are going to sit down and work out a finalized legal document that marries us to Stockton College."
The ARTP will be a massive 58-acre project by the FAA and several other government agencies that will bring the nation's most advanced and revolutionized air-traffic-control system and an aviation research center to South Jersey.
Dr. Salmon said, "We think New Jersey should be the aviation center of our country. We have the finest FAA center, not only in America, but in the world. We have 4,500 people already working here and this park can create another two-thousand jobs."
Officials from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey say the MOU really solidifies the relationship and the partnership with Stockton and with the Aviation Research and Technology Park as they move forward with the next phases of development.
Dr. Saatkamp explained, "This will be a research park set up really for companies to come in and to conduct research on the cutting edge of aviation."
Officials say that through Stockton's involvement, students will have new opportunities as well. Dr. Salmon said, "There will be a lot of things that work out for students. Students that are going to do programming, people that have an interest in aviation, people that have an interest in research -they will all have an opportunity within the park."
Students on campus say they were excited about the news. Senior Mathematics major, Sarah Elliott, told NBC40, "It's a really great opportunity for Math majors like myself. Great job opportunities for the future with the FAA" Another student, Maurice Brandon, said, "They are partnered up with the local airport which may bring unlimited opportunities that we can't even fathom right now."
After the FAA approves assigning the lease for the park's site, Stockton and the ATRP intend to enter into a more complete agreement.