A Trenton Transformation

Thomas Edison State University - Center for Learning and Technology

Thomas Edison State University (TESU) has been an integral civic presence in downtown Trenton since 1979. The landmark Kelsey Building on West State Street and the townhouses it added over the years are now among the district’s most prominent restored historic buildings. That tradition continues with the renovation of 102 W. State Street.

Located directly across the street from the Kelsey Building, the 1940s “Art Moderne” 102 W. State Street most recently was the long-time headquarters of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. When the association moved to its new headquarters, the university saw this as an ideal opportunity to showcase its cutting-edge educational technology efforts.

The university completed renovations to 102 W. State Street in 2014, creating the Center for Learning and Technology (CLT). The CLT is charged with designing and developing the university’s online courses, and administering its academic technology platforms and systems. By using the latest in learning technologies, students will have an engaging and meaningful online learning experience.

The $2.3-million project included extensive interior and exterior renovations, the expansion of office space for the departments of Instructional Technology, Instructional Design and Assessment Development, and the formation of collaboration areas for brainstorming new programs and to keep the online user interface on the cutting edge.

Additionally, the university launched its new Media Creation Studio initiative, which will help TESU build its own video assets, simulations and interactive learning resources to supplement its robust course design and delivery activities.

As the City of Trenton encourages established and start-up tech companies to locate to New Jersey’s Capital, the CTL offers an opportunity to assist in developing customized training for a highly skilled workforce.

Approximately 23 full-time and three part-time staff members work at the site.

Clarke Caton Hintz

Haverstick-Borthwick Company
Plymouth Meeting, PA

Higher Education Capital Improvement Fund – NJ Educational Facilities Authority (NJEFA)

Diana Rogers
Acting Director
Department of Housing and Economic Development
City of Trenton


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