Vocational School Approved For Cottontail Lane Office Building


Representatives of American Institute appear before the Zoning Board on Oct. 15.

A Connecticut-based vocational school hopes to have a township campus in May, now that it has received approval from the Zoning Board.

American Institute of West Hartford, Ct., will open a branch in DiSaronno Plaza at 80 Cottontail Lane. The school plans to turn a 6,358-square-foot space in the office building into classrooms and office space.

The school’s offerings will include instruction in dental and medical assisting, diagnostic medical sonography and computers, networking and security, Christopher Coutts, the company’s president and CEO, told the board.

American Institute also has branches in Clifton and Toms River, Coutts said. He said the Somerset location would offer the company the opportunity to “be regional.”

Coutts said the sites closeness to Route 287 also played a part in their decision to locate in the township.

Coutts said the school expects to have between 250 and 260 students, with about 60 on-site at any one time. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then again from 6 to 10 p.m., he said.

The school will also have between six and 10 teachers and between 7 and 10 administrative staff, he said.

The board approved the requested use variance, with a limit on students of 300, and a limit to the school’s space of 6,358 square feet.

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