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Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg held a ribbon-cutting ceremony September 12 marking the official opening of its new Occupational Therapy Assistant laboratory.

Located in the College’s Hunterdon Hall, the lab features durable medical equipment such as hospital beds, canes, walkers and wheelchairs as well as a plethora of pediatric tools and materials to perform evaluations and assessments. The space also includes a functional kitchen and bathroom to enable students to gain experience working with clients in real-life situations.

In January 2018 RVCC became the first community college in New Jersey to offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for an in-demand career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). The OTA program is designed for students interested in entering the workforce immediately after graduation. It combines classroom instruction with clinical training in a community setting. The program is designed to be completed in two-and-a-half years, with four semesters of full-time coursework and one semester of full-time clinical fieldwork. The new program’s first cohort of 16 students began its second semester this fall.

RVCC’s OTA program is currently accepting applications for the second cohort starting in the Spring 2019 Semester in January. For information about the program, contact Beau Younker, OTA Program Director, at 908-526-1200, ext. 8416 or, or Kimberly Meany, OTA Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, at or 908-526-1200, ext. 8439. For additional information, visit

Ranked by,, and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to  a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit