The City of Brockton is about to get a college campus, thanks to the Downtown Brockton Higher Education Collaborative. And that is great news for this proud Gateway City, long known as the City of Champions.
Earlier this week, Governor Deval Patrick gathered with state and local officials, educators, businesses and residents to discuss this one-of-a-kind new campus center to be located at 229 Main Street at the corner of Belmont Street.
The campus will serve about 1,000 students each year; they will benefit from the educational resources of three state schools: Massasoit Community College (MCC), Bridgewater State University (BSU) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB).
Finegold Alexander + Associates is the architectural firm that will convert the long-vacant building into the new college center. The existing building dates back to 1927.
The $21.5 million, state-funded project is part of Governor Patrick’s strategy to invest in education, innovation and infrastructure as a way to stimulate economic development. Along with the educational opportunities and access being offered to local residents, the new campus will offer online education materials that use effective and innovative learning technologies.
The project itself will create nearly 250 construction jobs and permanent educational jobs.
Proponents expect that the new campus will stimulate the revitalization of downtown Brockton, and that small businesses will flourish as a result. It will also increase pedestrians in the downtown area.
Funding for the $21.5 million project, which is being spread over five years, was included in Governor Patrick’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 – 2019 Capital Investment Plan.
During the Patrick Administration, the Commonwealth completed or has under construction projects at every one of the states’ 29 public campuses. In September, Governor Patrick officially opened a new University of Massachusetts Center in downtown Springfield, designed to expand educational opportunities in the Pioneer Valley.
The Patrick Administration has also been committed to closing achievement gaps where they are most persistent. The Governor’s Gateway Cities Education Agenda provides targeted and differentiated support to English Language learners and better prepares high school students for career success. The agenda utilizes tools provided by the 2010 Achievement Gap Act, a sweeping education reform bill that gives educators the resources they need to dramatically improve student outcomes.