Rutgers University says it has broken ground on a new 22,000-sq-ft academic and administrative center on the Atlantic Cape Community College campus in Mays Landing, N.J. where Rutgers professors have been teaching for the past five years.

Rendering Courtesy of Rutgers University

The $7.5-million two-story facility is scheduled to open in fall 2012. It will contain 11 classrooms, a 20-seat computer lab and a student lounge, and will accommodate up to 2,000 students.

The center aims to expand academic opportunities to students from Atlantic City, Cape May and other surrounding counties, Rutgers says. The number of students enrolled on this campus has jumped from 38 students in the 2006-07 academic year to approximately 325 students this fall, Rutgers says.